Russia Deputy FM warned against preconditions for US and North Korea nuclear talks

Vastavam web: Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov today warned of a risk of escalation after Washington toughened its stance on North Korea nuclear talks and US President Donald Trump accused Moscow of failing to help.”It’s sad that this powerful element of demands for further pressure on Pyongyang has once again appeared in the American position,” Ryabkov told RIA Novosti news agency.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday at the United Nations Security Council backed away from an earlier offer of unconditional talks to end the stand-off with Pyongyang, apparently under White House pressure.

Trump yesterday complained that “Russia is not helping” to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons programme.We wouldn’t like to end up in a situation where despite all the efforts by Russia and North Korea and by our two countries jointly, yet another spiral of confrontation begins.”

Moscow had close ties with its far eastern neighbour during the Soviet era when the countries shared Communist ideology and they still have relatively warm relations.Both Pyongyang’s chief ally China and Russia argue that sanctions alone will not compel North Korean leader Kim Jong- Un to change course and want to step up diplomatic efforts to achieve a solution.