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Russia supports non-nuclear status of Korean Peninsula — FM

August 05, 2015, 10:02 UTC+3 KUALA LUMPUR

The Russian foreign minister has met with the foreign ministers of North and South Korea

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The meeting of the Russian foreign minister with his North Korean counterpart

The meeting of the Russian foreign minister with his North Korean counterpart

© Alexander Scherbak/TASS

KUALA LUMPUR, August 5. /TASS/. Moscow supports ensuring non-nuclear status of the Korean Peninsula through reaching an agreement acceptable for all parties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

"I appreciate this opportunity to compare notes on issues of our cooperation. We have many bilateral plans. We will, of course, discuss issues of security in north-eastern Asia and the situation on the Korean Peninsula," Lavrov said at a meeting with North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong.

"Our aim remains to ensure its non-nuclear status through an agreement acceptable for all. We want the security of all countries in the region and, of course, of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] to be fully ensured, so that DPRK’s legitimate interests are respected by everyone without exceptions," he noted.

The meeting is took place in the framework of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) forum in Kuala Lumpur.

After that, Lavrov met with his South Korean counterpart Yung Byung-se.

The meeting is held behind closed doors.

The Russian foreign minister has already held meetings with his counterparts from Indonesia and Turkey earlier today. He will participate in the Russia-ASEAN ministerial meeting and hold several more talks, including with US State Secretary John Kerry and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

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