Russia has called for maximum restraint on the Korean Peninsula

Moscow called on the parties to the conflict on the Korean Peninsula to solve problems through peaceful means. This is stated in the message published on the Russian MFA website.

As follows from the text, the head of the Ministry Sergey Lavrov met with his North Korean counterpart Lee Yong-Ho 7 August in Manila on the sidelines of the Ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional forum for security (ARF). The Ministers discussed the development of bilateral relations and the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

“Sergei Lavrov urged all parties involved to exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid the implementation of negative security scenarios on the Korean Peninsula, the statement says, and immediately begin seeking out political and diplomatic resolution through complex decision of problems of the Peninsula, including its denuclearisation”.

On 5 August the UN Security Council adopted a resolution tightening sanctions against Pyongyang. Now North Korea is prohibited from exporting coal, iron, lead, and seafood. Accounts of the Bank for foreign trade of the DPRK frozen North Korean vessels that violated UN resolutions, denied entry to the ports of all States. The sanctions were a response to the testing of Intercontinental ballistic missiles.

On July 29, the DPRK confirmed the launch of a ballistic missile “And 14”. KCNA said the test posed no threat to neighboring countries, however, is “a stern warning for the United States.” July 4, Russia and China issued a joint initiative of proposing to the DPRK to declare a moratorium on nuclear tests and missile launches, and South Korea and the United States to refrain from conducting large-scale military exercises in the region. Washington’s offer was ignored.