The foreign Ministers of Russia and Japan discussed the schedule of political contacts

The foreign Ministers of Russia and Japan discussed the schedule of political contacts


The sides exchanged assessments of the security situation in northeast Asia after North Korea announced a nuclear test, as well as discussed topical issues in Russian-Japanese relations, including a schedule of political contacts, the report said the Russian foreign Ministry.

MOSCOW, 13 Dec –. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida discussed by telephone the situation on the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK announced nuclear test, as well as a schedule of Russian-Japanese political contacts, the report said the Russian foreign Ministry.

“The parties exchanged assessments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the security situation in northeast Asia as a whole after the announced DPRK nuclear test, as well as discussed topical issues in Russian-Japanese relations, including a schedule of political contacts”, — stated in the document.

In the Japanese foreign Ministry said that the Ministers in the course of a telephone conversation discussed the issue of nuclear testing by the DPRK.

“Minister Kishida stated that the DPRK’s actions detrimental to peace and stability in the region and the world and pose a serious threat to safety, violate resolutions of the UN security Council and the agreements reached at the six-party talks. We would like to cooperate with Russia, as a member of the UN security Council”, — said the Agency interlocutor.

Earlier on Wednesday a source in the Russian foreign Ministry said that Moscow is ready for a phone call with Japanese counterpart on North Korea, expressed the hope that circumstances will not prevent the Japanese side to hold it.

North Korea on 6 January announced the successful testing of the hydrogen bomb. Experts have expressed doubt that it was tested thermonuclear weapons, but are United in the opinion that the DPRK held a fourth nuclear test. Japan and South Korea insist on the introduction of the UN Security Council of new sanctions against North Korea. For this, they need to enlist the support of Russia and China.