Moscow says ready to cooperate with Pyongyang to resolve missile crisis

Moscow says ready to cooperate with Pyongyang to resolve missile crisis

Moscow and Beijing have promoted a simultaneous freeze on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs and US and South Korean military drills.

Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the non-proliferation and arms controls department at Russia's foreign ministry, says Russian Federation is working "behind the scenes" to solve the North Korean crisis.

The Russian Foreign Ministry made the announcement in a statement issued on Friday after a meeting between Russian ambassador-at-large Oleg Burmistrov and Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea's Foreign Ministry.

Referring to the talks, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a regular press briefing on Thursday: "I can't see that as a bad thing".

A key senator in Russia's Federation Council has declared that any United States attempt to wage war against North Korea would be assessed by Moscow as an "openly hostile" action towards Russia, due to the fact that Russia and North Korea share a border.

The US and South Korea most recently flew eight fighter jets and two bombers near North Korea in mid-September as a "routine" show of force.

Any missile fired at the United States by the totalitarian dictatorship would most likely fly over the North Pole and may even have to be destroyed over Russian Federation itself.

"However, it does not necessarily share the exact same approach".

Fear of regime change was also one of the reasons why Russian Federation got involved in the Syrian conflict, supporting President Bashar al-Assad regime, vetoing numerous US -led resolutions at the U.N. Security Council condemning the violence, and leading peace talks negotiations. "On Russia's part, it wants to expand its clout in the Korean Peninsula, so North Korea would be aware it can make a middle man out of Putin".

"During the consultations, opinions will be exchanged on the situation developing on the Korean Peninsula and in northeastern Asia", Zakharova said, without providing further details.

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