Russia Rex Tillerson’s statement of US position on N Korea talks

Vastavam web: Russia today said it welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that Washington is ready for talks with North Korea without preconditions, calling this a constructive approach.”We can state that such constructive statements impress us far more than the confrontational rhetoric that we have heard up to now. Undoubtedly this can be welcomed,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.”This goes in the same direction as the calls from Russia,” said Peskov, adding that President Vladimir Putin has regularly warned the US that “confrontational rhetoric and any steps that could provoke further tensions on the Korean peninsula are absolutely counterproductive.”

Asked if the US was grabbing the initiative from Russia, Peskov said that calming the situation was a shared aim and “no one can grab anything from any one else. The main thing here is succeeding in the task.” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier Wednesday that Moscow did not need to put pressure on its Soviet-era ally and neighbour North Korea to participate in talks with Washington, since Pyongyang has said it is keen to do this.