Escalation on Korean Peninsula Due to US Military Buildup Unacceptable – Lavrov

Sunday, August 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during their meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN forum in Manila that the escalation of tensions resulting from the US military buildup in the Korean Peninsula is unacceptable.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — During the bilateral meeting in the Philippines, Lavrov and Tillerson discussed the situation around North Korea, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Lavrov “noted the unacceptability of the escalation of tensions resulting from the US military buildup in the area of the Korean Peninsula,” the statement added.

Lavrov reminded of common Russian-Chinese initiative for the Korean settlement, saying that it contains support for the Russian proposal to develop a roadmap of gradual restoration of trust and building conditions to resume the six-party talks.
“We agreed to promote the concept in practice, including in the United Nations,” Lavrov said.

In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow and Beijing would promote their common initiative regarding settlement of North Korean situation, which is based on the Russian step-by-step plan of the settlement and China’s proposal of “double freeze,” which implies end of North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, as well as of joint military drills of South Korea and the United States.

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