North Korea not ready to hold talks with South Korea in Russia

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Politicians from North and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programme despite attending the same event, Russian news agencies said on Sunday.

Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the Senate upper house of parliament, is due to discuss the issue in separate talks with a deputy head of North Korea’s legislature and the head of South Korea’s parliament on the sidelines of a congress of parliamentarians in St Petersburg on Monday, TASS quoted a senior Russian lawmaker as saying on Saturday.

The unnamed North Korean delegate was quoted as saying that U.S. pressure on Pyongyang and U.S. and South Korean military exercises meant preconditions for such talks had not been met.

North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches have stirred global tensions and prompted several rounds of international sanctions at the U.N. Security Council.

 

 

Source:  News agencies