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December 1, 2017 (EIRNS)-According to Vitaly Pashin of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's bicameral Federal Assembly, "North Korea is now ready to conduct negotiations with the USA with the participation of Russia as a third party", Pashin told TASS, commenting on the results of the talks between the Russian parliamentary delegation and the North Korean leadership in Pyongyang, Nov. 27-Dec. 1.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed on Friday US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's recent remarks regarding North Korea.

Speaking on a visit to Belarus on November 30, Lavrov also rejected a US call to sever ties with North Korea following its latest ballistic-missile test.

He continued to say that Ms Haley's speech to the UN Security Council meeting was "a really bloodthirsty tirade".

"We will do everything to ensure that (the use of force) doesn't happen so that the problem is decided only using peaceful and political-diplomatic means".

"It's as if the recent actions of the U.S. are consciously directed to provoke Pyongyang towards other radical actions".


"Unfortunately, in the last couple of months there has been an impression that there are people in Washington who are trying to provoke Pyongyang to make new reckless moves at any cost", the minister said.

Lavrov described Russia's stance on the North Korean issue as "direct, honest and open".

Washington called on nations to cut relations with Pyongyang and warned that North Korea's leadership will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out.

The foreign minister, however, stressed that Russian Federation fully complied with the sanctions regime imposed by UN Security Council against North Korea.

"China's priority is stability in the region, as well as domestic stability, and part of that is an alliance with its neighbor North Korea", Alison Evans, deputy head of Asia-Pacific country risk at IHS Markit, told CNBC on Thursday.

"China would defend North Korea because it's an ally and because it's in China's strategic interests to have an allied Communist state as a buffer state rather than a Korean peninsula unified under a South Korean flag", she said. However, he made clear that, during the talks with the Russian MPs, Pyongyang didn't mention any plans to put a stop to its controversial nuclear program.


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