Russian Federation willing to mediate US-North Korea talks


In an interview with the state-run RIA news agency on Christmas Day, Lavrov said the Kremlin's diplomatic relations with North Korea make Russian Federation a suitable candidate to mediate talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House have sent mixed messages regarding the administration's stance toward North Korea after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile late last month.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on December 26 that Moscow was willing to act as a mediator in the row "if both sides need it and want it".

Lavrov's petitions for dialogue come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to impose sweeping new sanctions on North Korea as effect of its latest missile test on November 29.

'Their plan is to put a satellite equipped with cameras and telecommunication devices into orbit'.

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The sanctions are aimed at choking off external sources of funding for North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile development programs after repeated tests this year have brought the Asian nation to what experts say is the brink of developing devastating weapons that can be delivered halfway around the world.

Meanwhile, neighbouring South Korea, on Tuesday hoped that Pyongyang and Washington would open negotiations and diplomatic channels will be engaged between them in 2018.

"The importance of an early transition from the language of sanctions to negotiations was emphasized", the statement outlining the conversation said.

'Countermeasures will be orchestrated to deal with the effects, including cuts in trade volume and foreign currency inflow, lack of supplies, and reduced production in each part of the economy, ' the report said. 29 test of an ICBM that Pyongyang said put all of the US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. Lavrov and Tillerson also discussed bilateral issues, in which tensions increased, particularly after the implementation of various packages of US sanctions against Russian Federation in the recent months.

Kim Jong-un interprets this as preparations for invasion.