State Department: the United States and Russia agreed to continue diplomatic efforts...

State Department: the United States and Russia agreed to continue diplomatic efforts on North Korea


Госдепартамент: США и РФ договорились продолжить дипломатические усилия по Северной Корее

Both countries said that the transformation of Korea into a nuclear power is unacceptable for them

U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “agreed to continue working towards a diplomatic solution to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” said Wednesday the US state Department.

According to the statement, the two diplomats spoke by phone on Tuesday, discussing the concerns associated with “destabilizing the nuclear program” of the DPRK, stressing that neither the United States nor Russia” does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power.

As stated a day earlier, the Russian foreign Ministry, Lavrov said Tillerson that “the aggressive rhetoric of Washington” caused the aggravation of the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and called it American rhetoric unacceptable.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury said it imposed sanctions against two North Korean officials in connection with their role in the program of ballistic missiles.

On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution restricting the volume of imports of gasoline and diesel fuel in the DPRK and providing for increased inspections of ships suspected of carrying prohibited goods to North Korea.

Pyongyang in 2017 significantly increased nuclear and missile programs, and last month tested a new Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) “And 15”, which, according to North Korea, capable of reaching the continental United States. It was the third test of an ICBM in North Korea this year, and 20-th test of a ballistic missile.

Earlier this year the US President Donald trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN “little rocket man” that has exacerbated tensions between the two countries. After the missile test, the U.S. tightened sanctions against North Korea.