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Lavrov, Tillerson discuss need for urgent North Korea negotiations: Moscow

27 December 2017, 01:39 | Simon Arnold

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

However, the ministry noted that both Lavrov and Tillerson agreed that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs violate the demands of the UN Security Council. You can't strangle North Korea.

The largely symbolic steps block any property or interests the two might have within US jurisdiction and prohibit any dealings by USA citizens with them. The development comes amid growing tensions after the United Nations imposed fresh sanctions against Pyongyang. Pyongyang claimed that this missile was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and the entire territory of the U.S. was within its range.

The measures order North Koreans working overseas to return home within two years and ban almost 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to the country.

North Korea declared the United Nations steps to be an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade.

"I think the first step forward should be done by the party which is mightier and which is smarter, and we've held that there are people in the United States who believe the situation should be resolved through diplomatic means", he said in an interview on RT.

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

"Russia's readiness to clear the way for de-escalation is obvious", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a phone call with reporters overnight. But then the U.S. launched an emergency exercise, which North Korea ignored.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes that the main problem in relations with the United States is the "Russo-phobic hysteria" that has prevailed in Washington.

"The importance of an early transition from the language of sanctions to negotiations was emphasized", the statement outlining the conversation said. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA was ready to open talks with Pyongyang "without preconditions". "That is, there is a correlation between periods when the at the negotiating table with North Korea, in a bilateral or multilateral setting, and a decrease in DPRK provocations".

Beijing has not disclosed its crude exports to North Korea for several years, but industry sources say it still supplies about 520,000 tonnes, or 3.8 million barrels, a year to the country via an aging pipeline. But top USA advisers have long retained that the U.S. remains committed to prioritizing a peaceful resolution to tensions with Pyongyang.

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