Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged the United States and North Korea to start negotiations amid growing tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme. However, the ministry noted that both Lavrov and Tillerson agreed that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs violate the demands of the UN Security Council.
China also said, new United Nations sanctions should not have a detrimental humanitarian impact on North Korean civilians or affect normal economic exchanges and cooperation.
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. North Korean officials said that the test put USA within the range of its ICBM.
South Korea predicted today that their hostile neighbours would look to open negotiations with the United States next year in an optimistic outlook for 2018.
"The necessity of the fastest move to the negotiating process from the language of sanctions was underscored", the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. The fresh sanctions aim to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers overseas.
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.
'Countermeasures will be orchestrated to deal with the effects, including cuts in trade volume and foreign currency inflow, lack of supplies, and reduced production in each part of the economy, ' the report said.
In the wake of the extreme deterioration of the crisis in the region this summer amid Pyongyang's repeated missile launches and a nuclear test, Russian Federation and China have proposed the so-called "double freeze" plan aimed to settle the situation, which urges North Korea to halt nuclear tests and urges the USA and South Korea to cease joint drills.
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