Russian Foreign Ministry: No alternative to a diplomatic solution to Korean problem

11.12.2017, India.

A political-diplomatic way is the only real road to solve the problem of the Korean peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Kirill Lavrov said at the final press conference on the results of the 15th Foreign Minister’s meeting of Russia-India-China trilateral group on December 11, the Russian Foreign Ministry press service reports.

The extremely tense situation on the Korean peninsula was one of the main topics of discussion at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, India, and China, held in New Delhi on December 11. The participants of the meeting expressed their concern over the escalation of tension and confrontation by the parties to the conflict, which could push the situation to a “hot” scenario. The Ministers “stressed that there is no solution but to solve this problem entirely by political and diplomatic means, in the context of the implementation of the Russian-Chinese road map“, Lavrov told journalists.

On December 9, Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, made a statement, in which he said that the United States would add to the already imposed sanctions against DPRK, the right to forbid naval traffic transporting goods to the ports of North Korea. This triggered a response from Pyongyang on December 10, which reads, “We will treat the naval blockade by the United States and its followers as an act of violence against the sacred sovereignty and dignity of the Republic of Korea and as yet another public declaration of war“. At the same time, “the smallest movement in the direction of establishing a naval blockade” will meet an “immediate and ruthless self-defensive response” from DPRK.

Meanwhile, the United States and South Korea have been conducting a good deal of military maneuvers and exercises near the naval and land borders of the DPRK. Often the exchange of statements between Washington and Pyongyang crosses the boundaries of diplomatic correctness.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency


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