Russian official: U.S. campaign of North Korea pressure 'deeply concerning'


The historic accord-led by the United States and five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany (known as P5+1)-has been a source of contention for the Trump administration. But Kim is facing not just pressure from the United States but from Russian Federation and China, both nearby, both of whom don't want any kind of war involving North Korea, where the launch of an errant nuclear missile could plunge the world into the last war.

Lavrov lamented what he called "Russophobia" in the US but said he was confident it would pass and that the USA has a vested interest in improving relations.

The draft petition alleges that "not a small percentage" of the abductees are still alive, and "their freedom is severely restricted", the Kyodo news agency reported. The question now is how much can he achieve, given such massive worldwide constraints?Speaking to CNN in December, Curtis Melvin, a senior fellow with the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced global Studies, said privately run pizza parlors, coffee shops, bars and gas stations have quietly mushroomed in Pyongyang under Kim's watch. "However to date we have not seen or heard anything from the North Koreans to that effect", Lambert said.

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The official said while the ongoing inter-Korean peace efforts have won broad support at home and overseas, countries which attended the unlawful and ambiguous meeting should consider the potential consequences of further sanctions.

"This agreement can not be implemented if one of the participants unilaterally steps out of it", Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations.

Sergey Lavrov told the Security Council on Thursday in a clear message to President Donald Trump that "we can not for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries abandon a genuine achievement of worldwide diplomacy".

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According to Lavrov, "Europeans are likewise aware of this danger".

President Trump designated North Korea a "state sponsor of terrorism" in November 2017, and rounds of US sanctions in late 2017 target individuals as well as shipping and transportation companies.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said its talks with North Korea, leading to the North's participation in next month's Olympics being hosted by the South, are a "significant first step toward restoring inter-Korean relations".

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Russian Federation believes that there is no need to blame on Iran everything that happens in the Middle East, and considers impossible Tehran's isolation from any issues, related to the region. Minister added that he hoped this will not happen during the next round of negotiations in Vienna.