Russian Envoy to UN Says Risk of ‘Hot Confrontation’ Bigger Than Ever After N Korean Nuke Test

Monday, September 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

The Russian envoy to the United Nations has reaffirmed Moscow’s stance on the situation on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya condemned the North Korean nuclear test, emphasizing, however, that a military solution to the issue is not acceptable.

North Korea’s leadership maintaining its current policy undermining the non-proliferation regime threatens serious consequences for Pyongyang itself, Nebenzya said at a UN Security Council meeting on the response to the North Korean nuclear test.

“It is regrettable that the DPRK leadership, by its actions aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, poses a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean peninsula and on a global scale. The continuation of such a policy is fraught with serious consequences for the DPRK itself. At the same time, for us it is obvious that there is no military solution to the problems of the Korean peninsula,” Nebenzya said.

The threat of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula becoming “hot” is greater than ever, Nebenzya stressed, adding that “the provocative missile and nuclear activities of Pyongyang have recently acquired dangerous dynamics.”

“There is no doubt that we are currently experiencing one of the most acute and dramatic phases of the development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. It can be said without exaggeration that peace in this region is being seriously tested, and the threat of the escalation of the confrontation into a hot phase is as big as never before,” he said.

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