Russia Ready to Be Mediator between US, North Korea

Russia, which now talks of mediating the negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, supported the sanctions in the UN. Those sanctions sought to further limit North Korea's access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers overseas.

Russian Federation and China on Monday sought for a peaceful resolution to the tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

The latest round of sanctions was prompted by the November 29 test of what North Korea said was an intercontinental ballistic missile that put the U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

"I don't think that anyone who is in his right mind would like to start a war on the Korean Peninsula".

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"Russia's readiness to clear the way for de-escalation is obvious", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Though US diplomats have said they are pursuing a diplomatic solution, President Donald Trump has said Pyongyang must commit to giving up its nuclear weapons before any talks can begin.

The Trump administration has sent mixed messages about its willingness to reignite diplomatic talks with North Korea.

He added he has also discussed key issues on the Russia-U.S. agenda with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson quite regularly, in addition to bilateral consultations held at the level of experts, and contacts between special services.

This may open the way for the de-escalation of tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, Peskov added.

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"The importance of an early transition from the language of sanctions to negotiations was emphasized", the statement outlining the conversation said.

South Korea'sUnification Ministry forecast on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States next year while continuing to seek recognition as a de facto nuclear power.

Another State Department spokesman, Michael Cavey, said Washington remained open to talks, but the onus was on North Korea "to take honest and meaningful actions toward denuclearization and refrain from further provocations".

Moscow calls on USA and allies to refrain from provoking tensions and exerting "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

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