Lavrov: Russia is ready to support the agreement on the DPRK, taking into account the interests of all parties


PYONGYANG, may 31. /TASS/. Moscow is ready to support the agreement on the DPRK to meet the interests of all parties involved. This was stated on Thursday Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov following talks with foreign Minister of the DPRK ri Yong Ho.

“But when these agreements will be subject to some consideration by the international community may have for the Security Council to support these or other initiatives, of course, we’ll be ready to speak for the concrete agreements that will benefit all parties involved, including North Korea,” Lavrov said.

His visit to Pyongyang took place just two weeks before the scheduled June 12 meeting of leaders of the DPRK and the United States, Kim Jong-UN and Donald trump in Singapore, and on the background of enhanced dialogue between the Republic of Korea and the DPRK. For the preceding month in the border town of Panmunjom was held already two meetings between North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN and President of the Republic of Korea moon Jae-In.

However, as stated by Lavrov on the eve of the visit, the final decision of problems of the Korean Peninsula can be achieved only in the format of six-party talks (Russia, China, DPRK, Republic of Korea, USA and Japan), which has not been canceled.

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The solution of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula cannot be complete until sanctions against North Korea will not be lifted, Lavrov said.

“As for the question about sanctions, it is absolutely clear that starting the conversation about resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, we believe that it may not be complete until the sanctions are lifted, he said. – How to move towards this, it is a question of art negotiators. But in one sitting not to do.”

“In one sitting it is impossible to ensure denuclearization, so of course, there must be some stages should be a counter-movement at each of these stages,” the Minister said.

The UN Security Council on 12 September 2017 adopted the resolution on toughening sanctions against North Korea in response to the sixth nuclear test. The new measures include the ban on the purchase of North Korean textiles and supply to gas condensate. In addition, the security Council has imposed restrictions on exports to the DPRK of crude oil and products of its processing: up to 500 thousand barrels in the period from 1 October to 31 December 2017 and up to 2 million barrels (about 318 thousand tons) during the 2018 and subsequent years.

Before that, the UN security Council banned the purchase in the DPRK, seafood, coal, lead and its ores, and iron ore and products of its processing. Such a measure strikes at a considerable part of foreign trade in Pyongyang. According to the American side, together with the restrictions imposed by previous resolutions of the UN security Council, implementation of new sanctions will deprive the DPRK more than 90% of revenues from exports of raw materials and goods, which in 2016 was about $2.7 billion.

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