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

Posted December 27, 2017

Lavrov and Tillerson also discussed bilateral issues, in which tensions increased, particularly after the implementation of various packages of US sanctions against Russian Federation in the recent months. Moscow's foreign ministry added that Lavrov highlighted that it's unacceptable to exacerbate tensions with Washington's aggressive rhetoric toward Pyongyang and increasing military preparations around the Korean peninsula.

Camera IconRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said "Washington's aggressive rhetoric" had heightened tensions.

During their call, the two diplomats also reportedly discussed possible paths forward regarding the conflict in Syria and the situation in Ukraine.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is "united in opinion" with his US 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.

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. The immediate change of the implementation of sanctions for a process of dialogue was also called in the conversation, referring to the new package of sanctions recently passed by the UN Security Council and described as unfair by North Korea.

Tillerson and Trump have given mixed messages regarding the administration's stance toward North Korea after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile late last month.

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been trading words against each other as the country slowly inches towards achieving nuclear missile capability.

Despite a series of sanctions imposed against North Korea for its weapons program, the country has continued to pursue its nuclear and missile programs.

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