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Russia warns against unilateral actions on Korean Peninsula – Sergei Lavrov

March 29, 2013, 14:08 UTC+3
"Our attitude is negative to any steps from any side that in some or other way increase tension," Russian Foreign Minister said
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MOSCOW, March 29 (Itar-Tass) – Russia warns against unilateral actions on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

"Our attitude is negative to any steps from any side that in some or other way increase tension. We will monitor the situation," he said. "We will judge not by bellicose statements, which, by the way, are heard not only from Pyongyang, but what specific steps one or the other party can take, and only then we will take a position."

The steps taken by North Korea – the missile and nuclear excesses in the form of launches and nuclear weapon tests – are prohibited by the U.N. Security Council resolution, the minister noted. "We actively supported the corresponding response of the U.N. Security Council to the actions." he added.

The main thing is that the resolution has emphasized the priority of efforts to overcome the deadlock in the six-nation talks. The mechanism must work as soon as possible, the minister noted.

"We are concerned that along with the adequate collective reaction of the U.N. Security Council, unilateral actions are taken to step up military activity," he noted.

"We may just lose control of the situation. It is sliding into a spiral of a vicious circle,” he said.

It is necessary not to build up military muscles, not to use (the situation) as a pretext to solve geopolitical problems by military means, but to concentrate efforts to create conditions for the resumption of the six-nation talks," the Russian foreign minister stressed.



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