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Moscow and Beijing share approaches to denuclearization of Korean Peninsula — ambassador

February 03, 16:44 UTC+3 BEIJING
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BEIJING, February 3. /TASS/. Moscow and Beijing have a common position on the situation on Korean Peninsula in the framework of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test, Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov told journalists on Wednesday.

"Our approaches with China are the same here, and there are no differences between them. We are united on this issue," Denisov said.

Answering a TASS question, the ambassador noted that Russia hold consultations on this matter both with China and other countries. "We maintain regular working contacts," he said.

"Work in UN Security Council on developing a relevant resolution should start soon. The main thing is that we and our Chinese partners firmly support denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and importance of returning to the format of six-party talks without preconditions," the ambassador said.

"We unambiguously condemn the actions of North Korean partners without any reservations as we consider them wrong and erroneous. Of course, international reaction will follow, but it should be balances and should solve the tasks it faces - to prevent the repetition of such relapse. No one aims to harm ordinary people living in North Korea," the diplomat noted adding that "any response measures should not lead to aggravation of the situation."

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."

North Korea previously conducted three nuclear tests: in 2006, in 2009 and in 2013. Following these tests, the United Nations Security Council imposed various sanctions on Pyongyang. In the past two years, North Korea refrained from nuclear tests limiting itself to ballistic missile launches as a response to the US-South Korea large-scale military drills.

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