Russian Federation urges US-North Korea talks over nuclear crisis

Russian Federation and China have the relatively closest diplomatic relations with insular North Korea, which poses a nuclear threat to its neighbor South Korea and that country's allies Japan and the U.S.

"We call on partners to focus on solving specific problems of the Korean Peninsula on the basis of negotiations".

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.

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has ruled out the deployment of additional military bases overseas, including in Latin America, despite an increase in military campaigns in recent years.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, the United States and Japan, and says its weapons are necessary to counter USA aggression.

North Korea is preparing to launch a satellite, it has been claimed, as outside observers warn that the nuclear-armed regime's space programme is likely to be a cover up for more for weapons tests. According to a recent interactive report by Lisa Collins, a fellow at the Center for Strategic International Studies with a focus on East Asia, U.S.

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In the past, US President Donald Trump has vowed to counter North Korean provocations with military force, saying he would unleash "fire and fury, " on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should their nuclear threats persist.

This lack of diplomacy may be the reason behind the rise in North Korean missile tests and contentious rhetoric at the United Nations and other worldwide forums. It says it prefers a diplomatic solution, but that North Korea has given no indication it is willing to discuss denuclearization. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US was ready to open talks with Pyongyang "without preconditions".

South Korea'sUnification Ministry forecast on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States next year while continuing to seek recognition as a de facto nuclear power. Tillerson then had to walk back those comments at Trump's behest.

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  • Ryan Wade