Voices from Russia

Saturday, 20 January 2018

MID RF Sez Russia Opposes Unilateral Sanctions Against the DPRK

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On Saturday, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs I V Morgulov told us:

As for pressure on Pyongyang, we’d emphasise that the international community by adopting unanimously UNSC Resolution 2375 last December agreed to measures against the DPRK in response to its nuclear tests. We call on Washington to follow the measures specified by that resolution exactly. International sanctions, as agreed by the UN Security Council, are the proper way to influence Pyongyang. As regards any additional measures, Russia has always opposed unilateral limitations undertaken outside the UN Security Council.

20 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/politics/986042

 

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

DPRK Ready to Send Delegation to Pyeongchang Paralympics

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On Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported that the DPRK wants to send a delegation to the Paralympics in Pyeongchang in the ROK. Pyongyang officials put forward the initiative at Wednesday’s working-level talks in Panmunjom on the participation of a DPRK delegation in the Olympic Games. A ROK Unification Ministry official said:

The North informed the South of its broad plan to send a delegation to the Winter Games and the Paralympics.

The ROK will host the Paralympics on 9-18 March after the Winter Olympics on 9-25 February.

17 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/sport/985397

Monday, 15 January 2018

Pyongyang Accuses Washington of Undermining Inter-Korean Talks

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On Monday, Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the DPRK’s ruling party, wrote that the DPRK accused the USA of attempting to disrupt its dialogue with the ROK. The newspaper wrote:

Washington is preparing to deploy strategic military assets around the Korean Peninsula. The USA is repeating its pledge not to ease sanctions and pressure until the DPRK abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. It is throwing cold water on an atmosphere of reconciliation. The DPRK has various options that it can use against Washington at the appropriate time.

Early this year, we saw the first signs of a thaw in relations between the DPRK and the ROK. The two countries held talks at the ministerial level on 9 January, for the first time since December 2015, in Panmunjom, a small village located in the DMZ. The sides agreed that the DPRK would send a delegation, including officials, to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in the ROK. Seoul and Washington also postponed their annual military drills, as they upset Pyongyang.

15 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/985034

Friday, 12 January 2018

VVP Calls UAV Attack on Syrian Base “Provocation”… Describes Kim Jong-un as “Very Competent and Mature”

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President Putin said at a meeting with leading Russian media figures:

The UAV attack on the Russian base in Syria was a provocation aimed at destroying previous agreements. The provocateurs weren’t Turkish. We know who they are, who paid who for this provocation, and what the actual sum was. As for this kind of incident, there’s nothing good about them. These actions also aimed at undermining Russia’s relations with Turkey and Iran. We understand it perfectly well, so we’ll work together. The UAVs used in the attack on the Russian base in Syria were disguised as homemade items, but actually had high-tech equipment. As for these attacks, they were undoubtedly well-prepared. We know when and where these UAVs were handed over [to the attackers], and how many of them there were.

http://tass.com/politics/984721

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President Putin told leading Russian media figures:

We believe it’s necessary to conduct negotiations on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The DPRK has nuclear weapons and an ICBM with a range of about 13,000 kilometres (8,078 miles), which can practically reach any point of the globe, at any rate, it can hit any potential enemy. Now, of course, [Kim] is interested in cooling the situation down. He’s a very competent and mature politician. I think that settlement of the Korean peninsula’s nuclear problem is possible in the end, no matter how difficult it might seem. This could happen if all participants in this process, including the DPRK, could be sure that they could guarantee their security without nuclear weapons.

http://tass.com/politics/984727

11 January 2018

TASS

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