Thursday, May 31, 2018

Russia's Lavrov calls for end to North Korea sanctions

end to North Korea sanctions
Russia is pushing for the lifting of North Korea sanctions following Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Pyongyang on Thursday, where he met with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho and leader Kim Jong Un.

Lavrov, who spoke exclusively to Russian state-owned or government-controlled news agencies, including Sputnik and Tass, said denuclearization would not be fully realized unless sanctions are lifted.

The comments from Lavrov run counter to U.S. efforts to place "maximum pressure" or sanctions on the Kim regime until North Korea confirms a commitment to CVID: complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement or denuclearization.

"As we start discussions on how to resolve the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the solution cannot be comprehensive without the lifting of sanctions," Lavrov said.

Tass reported the top diplomat added what's left are "technical issues" to be resolved by negotiators, a reference to U.S.-North Korea talks that are ongoing in Singapore and New York.

The Russian foreign minister also said he supports inter-Korea dialogue.

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