Moscow says ready to cooperate with Pyongyang to resolve missile crisis
Oct 01 2017
Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department in the North Korean Foreign Ministry, had earlier discussed the situation with Russian ambassador-at-large Oleg Burmistrov and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.
North Korea and Russian Federation foreign ministry officials are meeting for negotiations in Moscow, as Pyongyang may be seeking stronger ties amid a nuclear crisis and deteriorating relations with China, its main trading partner.
Neither Russia or China want a capitalist, pro-Western state on their border so have propped up the North Korean regime for decades.
Tensions have been on the rise recently over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, accompanied by an increasingly angry war of words between North Korea and the United States.
"Diplomacy is our preferred approach", she added. "Should the USA launch a preemptive strike against North Korea, it would spark a full-scale war between the South and the North".
Dr Brad Roberts served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defence for nuclear and missile defence policy between 2009 and 2013, and is now in Australia briefing senior officials about regional dangers.
Choe's visit comes as North Korea, often called the most closed nation in the world, has grown even more isolated after carrying out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.
In a show of force on Saturday, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters flew east of North Korea.
Russian Federation has been quietly aiding North Korea via a web of shell companies on the border with the Stalinist state.
"Russia is the most important country in resolving emergency situations such as the North's nuclear problem that are in the way to the reunification of the Korean Peninsula and mediating between the interests of the USA and China", South Korea's next ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun said at a conference on Korea-Russia relations in Seoul on Friday, quoted in Yonhap.
The new UNSC resolution was supported by Moscow and also by Beijing, the North's largest communist ally.
But in the Korean Peninsula, Russia's increasing involvement is welcomed by one of the USA key ally in the region, too.