Russian, ROK diplomats discuss situation on Korean peninsula

09:24, December 16, 2010      

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin met with Deputy Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Vee Son Nak on Wednesday on the current situation on the Korean peninsula.

The diplomats also exchanged their opinions on possible ways of discharging tension between the two Korean states, according to a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry website.

They discussed the prospective of resuming the six-party talks concerning the nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Vee informed Borodavkin about the three-party talks in Washington on the Korean problem, which was held between top diplomats from ROK, the U.S. and Japan last week.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his DPRK counterpart Pak Ui Chun.

During that meeting, Lavrov expressed Moscow's concerns about Pyongyang's uranium enrichment, and called for restraint and discharge of the tension on the Korean peninsula.

The situation on the peninsula was getting tense after an exchange of artillery fire on Nov. 23 between the ROK and the DPRK, which killed four people. A joint drill was staged by South Korea and the United States from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, and a combined military exercise was held by Japan and the U.S. from Dec. 3 to 10.

Source: Xinhua

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