Top US, Russian diplomats discuss need for urgent North Korea negotiations

Marie Harrington
December 27, 2017

The UN resolution seeks to ban almost 90 per cent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.

In a phone call, Mr Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson overnight that "Washington's aggressive rhetoric" and beefing up of its military presence in the region had heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and was unacceptable.

The Russian diplomat said US rhetoric had heightened tensions in the region and called it unacceptable, according to Reuters. The law also calls for a report on the possible impact of imposing restrictions on the purchase of Russian government debt by US investors.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is "united in opinion" with his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson on the issue of North Korea but that they differ on how to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. "As the exchange of confrontational rhetoric is between Pyongyang and Washington, therefore Russia's readiness is rather evident to open the way for de-escalating tensions".

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Lavrov disagreed with USA threats of military intervention and further sanctions against North Korea, instead pushing for US diplomacy to seek a more peaceful approach to negotiations, the statement said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE warned in a roll out of his national security strategy earlier this month that the ready to respond to threats from North Korea with "overwhelming force".

The two diplomats spoke by phone on December 26 and "shared a common opinion that the nuclear-missile developments in [North Korea] violate the demands of the United Nations Security Council", according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Russian Federation and China on Monday sought for a peaceful resolution to the tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

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