Washington See Eye to Eye on North
(RIA Novosti) – Russia and the United States see eye to eye on
the North Korea issue, a source at the Russian Foreign Ministry
told the RIA news agency Friday.
to the source, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program was high
on the agenda of Russian officials’ latest talks in Moscow with
John Bolton, US Undersecretary of State.
main thing that unites us today is the awareness of the fact that
the problem needs a diplomatic solution and that there is nothing
better than the existing format of six-party talks," with
the participants being the two Koreas, the US, Russia, China,
and Japan, our interviewee pointed out.
sides realize that there need to be prerequisites for North Korea
to make a decision that would enable it to get back into the framework
of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, with all ensuing implications
in terms of the control over and the elimination of the potential
for producing weapons of mass destruction.
settlement should bring us back to the concept of the nuclear-free
Korean peninsula, with North Korea to be given guarantees of its
security," the source pointed out. At the most recent consultations
with Bolton, however, no specific date was given for a second
round of North Korean talks, he added. The next round should be
held not in the one-vs-five format, but with each of the six parties
concerned to play its own particular role, said the Foreign Ministry
official. Russia, China, Japan and South Korea are all interested
in having the Korean Peninsula as a stable and predictable region.
The United States wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear
potential and to rejoin the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
And North Korea seeks to get security guarantees for itself and
conditions for its national development, he said