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Russian Federation willing to mediate US-North Korea talks

Russian Federation willing to mediate US-North Korea talks

Separately, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that Washington was "ready to talk anytime" with North Korea "without precondition", but emphasized that "the diplomatic effort has to be backed up by a very credible military alternative".

"We firmly believe that not only North Korea, but also the United States, as well as their allies, should refrain from any steps that could provoke a crisis, and finally launch the negotiation process", he said.

Russia, which now talks of mediating the negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, supported the sanctions in the UN.

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.




The immediate change of the implementation of sanctions for a process of dialogue was also called in the conversation, referring to the new package of sanctions recently passed by the UN Security Council and described as unfair by North Korea. 29 test of an ICBM that Pyongyang said put all of the USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. The fresh sanctions aim to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers overseas.

This may open the way for the de-escalation of tensions between the USA and North Korea, Peskov added.

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

Washington has stressed the need for all countries, especially Russian Federation, and China - North Korea's main trading partner - to fully implement sanctions, including by cutting off oil supplies. But top United States advisers have long retained that the U.S. remains committed to prioritizing a peaceful resolution to tensions with Pyongyang.

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