Nuclear Issue in North Korea

Moscow hails North Korea’s readiness to resume six-party talks on the country’s controversial nuclear issue without any preconditions, Russia’s top diplomat said on Friday.

The six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions involving the two Koreas, China, the United States, Russia and Japan came to a halt in April 2009 when North Korea walked out of negotiations to protest the United Nations‘ condemnation of its missile tests.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a meeting on Friday with his North Korean counterpart on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Indonesia’s Bali.

“I had a number of bilateral meetings today…, but I would like to underline my talks with the North Korean foreign minister that mainly focused on the nuclear program on the Korean Peninsula,” Lavrov said.

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