Russia Ready to Be Mediator between US, North Korea

Posted December 27, 2017

The phone call comes after Reuters reported that Russian Federation said it would mediate talks between the United States and North Korea should the two countries accept its offer and be willing to come to the negotiating table.

Moscow's foreign ministry added that Lavrov highlighted that it's unacceptable to exacerbate tensions with Washington's aggressive rhetoric toward Pyongyang and increasing military preparations around the Korean peninsula.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared that Russia is not looking to establish additional overseas military bases for the Russian armed forces, despite rumors to the contrary in Vietnam and Cuba. "As the exchange of confrontational rhetoric is between Pyongyang and Washington, therefore Russia's readiness is rather evident to open the way for de-escalating tensions".

This may open the way for the de-escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea, Peskov added. The UN Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Friday in response to its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, a move North Korea called an act of war, tantamount to a complete economic blockade.

Lavrov pointed out contacts between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump have recently become quite intense, covering a wide range of bilateral and worldwide topics. 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. Tillerson and Lavrov agreed that the nuclear and missile investigations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are a violation by the United Nations Security Council.