Tillerson, Lavrov agree to continue diplomacy over North Korea

Henrietta Strickland
December 29, 2017

"Russia's readiness to clear the way for de-escalation is obvious", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "It is impossible to become a mediator between two parties only if one side seeks so, the will of two sides is needed here".

Last week Russian Federation and China voted in favor of a US -proposed measure in the U.N. Security Council to impose additional economic sanctions on North Korea as part of an escalating effort to clamp down on that country's nuclear program.

Another U.S. State Department spokesman, Michael Cavey, said the U.S. remained open to talks, but the onus was on North Korea "to take honest and meaningful actions toward denuclearization and refrain from further provocations".

"Unfortunately, our call to preclude a further escalation of tensions, to revise the policy of mutual intimidation, was not heeded", he said.

"We want the North Korean regime to understand that there is a different path that it can choose, however it is up to North Korea to change course and return to credible negotiations", he said.

"I think the first step forward should be done by the party which is mightier and which is smarter, and we've held that there are people in the U.S. who believe the situation should be resolved through diplomatic means", he said in an interview on RT.

According to the Russian foreign minister, the Syrian army and its allies, with Russian support, is "putting pressure on Nusra members".

We asked if you thought Washington's rhetoric had heightened tension on the Korean peninsular.

"Being based on the results of eight meetings in Astana, as you know, the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran put forward the initiative to convene the congress of the Syrian national dialogue in Sochi on January 29-30", Lavrov said at a meeting with Ahmad Jarba. But top U.S. advisers have long retained that the U.S. remains committed to prioritizing a peaceful resolution to tensions with Pyongyang.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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