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Russia’s envoy to China sees situation on Korean peninsula ‘recently improved’

May 11, 11:58 UTC+3 BEIJING

A diplomat says Russia and China hold similar stances on North Korea's nuclear issue

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BEIJING, May 11. /TASS/. The situation on the Korean Peninsula has recently "improved", Russia’s Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov told TASS reporters today.

"We all see that the situation on the Korean Peninsula has recently improved, as compared to that in April. At least, there have been no accidents during the last few weeks," Russia’s chief envoy to China said.

"The South Korean presidential election has just ended, with a new political leader coming to power. Earlier, during the election campaign, he spoke out in favor of improving relations with North Korea and renewing the six-party talks. China and Russia share this position: we are for returning to the six-party talks on the Korean nuclear problem," Andrei Denisov added.

North Korean issue

The positions regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula held by Moscow and Beijing are "very similar," he went on. 

"Firstly, our Chinese partners have a similar, and practically identical position as Russia’s towards the nuclear problem in North Korea and the general situation on the Korean Peninsula, as we both realize that we can tackle this problem and clinch agreements only through politics and diplomacy," the ambassador explained.

"Secondly, security in this part of Northeast Asia is complex, as both North Korea’s nuclear-missile program and the military presence of other countries, particularly the US, pose a threat to the area. Large-scale military exercises are becoming more and more intimidating, inducing North Korea and other countries to take measures to support their national security," Ambassador Denisov stated.

"We should approach this problem as a whole rather than use a black-and-white approach that some political analysts do. The situation is much graver. Will our leaders discuss the situation in North Korea? Possibly yes, I don’t know for sure," he concluded.

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