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MP: Russia skeptical of attempts to flex muscles against North Korea

January 13, 13:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Moscow stresses the need to use political and diplomatic means, lawmaker Alexey Pushkov says
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US Air Force B-52 bomber over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea

US Air Force B-52 bomber over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea

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MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Russia is skeptical of attempts to display power against North Korea that announced a successful hydrogen bomb test earlier this month, Russian MP Alexey Pushkov said on Wednesday.

Pushkov, who heads the State Duma's foreign affairs committee, commented on talks of Russia’s lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin and Japan’s ex-foreign minister Masahiko Komura, who is vice-president of the Liberal Democratic Party and the chairman of the Japan-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Association.

During the negotiations, the Russian side stressed the need to use political and diplomatic means, Pushkov said, adding that any kind of intimidation, including US sending B-52 bomber to South Korea in show of force, will produce no result.

The Japanese side said it needs to develop its missile defense system to ensure its security. The sides agreed that North Korea’s nuclear test is a "serious challenge for international and regional security and efforts should be joined as part of the UN to search for a solution to the situation," Pushkov said.

North Korea announced on January 6 that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The country’s government said in a statement circulated by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the test had had "no adverse impacts on the environmental situation." Now, according to the statement, North Korea "possesses the strongest deterrent forces."

Many countries expressed concerns following the announcement. Uruguay's UN Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, current president of the Security Council, said the UN Security Council was immediately launching work on the resolution detailing measures in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test.

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