Kremlin says Russia open to mediating between US and North Korea to reduce tensions

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FILE - This combination of photos show North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on April 29, 2017. Threatening language between the U.S. and North Korea is flaring. After Trump vowed to respond with “fire and fury” if Pyongyang continued to threaten the U.S., the North’s military said it is finalizing a plan to fire four midrange missiles to hit waters near the strategic U.S. territory of Guam. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Files)

Russia which now talks of mediating the negotiations between the US and North Korea supported the sanctions in the UN. Among other countries which supported the move was China, a lone major ally of the North Korean regime,the Indian Express has published.

Russia on Tuesday indicated that it was ready to mediate between the United States and North Korea to reduce escalating tensions, if asked to. The development comes amid growing tensions after the United Nations imposed fresh sanctions against Pyongyang. “Russia’s readiness to clear the way for de-escalation is obvious,” said spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

North Korea had threatened to punish all those countries who supported the bid for sanctions which was imposed following Pyongyang’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. North Korean officials said that the test put US within the range of its ICBM. The fresh sanctions aim to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad. The UN resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 per cent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been trading words against each other as the country slowly inches towards achieving nuclear missile capability.

Meanwhile, neighbouring South Korea, on Tuesday hoped that Pyongyang and Washington would open negotiations and diplomatic channels will be engaged between them in 2018. “North Korea will seek negotiation with the United States while continuing to pursue its effort to be recognised as a de facto nuclear-possessing country,” South Korea’s Unification Ministry said in a report, without offering any reasons for its conclusion.

Russia, which now talks of mediating the negotiations between the US and North Korea, supported the sanctions in the UN. Among other countries which supported the move was China, a lone major ally of the North Korean regime in the region.