Russia and China tell North Korea, U.S. and South Korea to embrace de-escalation plan


Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping walk past honour guards during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia July 4, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday and called on North Korea, South Korea and the United States to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse tensions around Pyongyang’s missile program.

The plan would see North Korea suspend its ballistic missile program and the United States and South Korea simultaneously call a moratorium on large-scale missile exercises, both moves aimed at paving the way for multilateral talks.

The initiative was set out in a joint statement from the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued shortly after President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping held wide-ranging talks in the Kremlin.

“The situation in the region affects the national interests of both countries,” the joint statement said. “Russia and China will work in close coordination to advance a solution to the complex problem of the Korean Peninsula in every possible way.”

North Korea said on Tuesday it had successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, which flew a trajectory that experts said could allow a weapon to hit the U.S. state of Alaska.

Russia and China both share a land border with North Korea and have been involved in past efforts to try to calm tensions between Pyongyang and the West.

Moscow and Beijing used the same joint declaration to call on Washington to immediately halt deployment of its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, a move Washington says is necessitated by the North Korean missile threat.

The statement said Washington was using North Korea as a pretext to expand its military infrastructure in Asia and risked upsetting the strategic balance of power in the area.

“The deployment … of THAAD will cause serious harm to the strategic security interests of regional states, including Russia and China,” the statement said.

“Russia and China oppose the deployment of such systems and call on the relevant countries to immediately halt and cancel the process of deployment.”

(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin/Vladimir Soldatkin/Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

Source: Reuters “Russia and China tell North Korea, U.S. and South Korea to embrace de-escalation plan”

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5 Comments on “Russia and China tell North Korea, U.S. and South Korea to embrace de-escalation plan”

  1. Max says:

    Indeed, if one were to be an arbiter for peace and to mediate in a dispute, the first step is to make clear, both warring parties must first cease their hostile and defiant behaviour against each other and be told straight off in no uncertain terms that for there to be a resolution or reconciliation of their disagreement or dispute, that both parties are going to have to lose something in order to gain something. If it is a “I win and you lose” attitude, one may as well forget the entire mediation effort. There it is indeed right that Mr Putin and Mr Xi tells Mr Trump and Mr Kim that the first thing to do if they want Russia and China to mediate, if for the US and South Korea to stop their threatening military drills to destroy North Korea while North Korea stops its missiles and nuclear bombs testing.

    It is common sense.

    If Mr Trump can’t accept that, then to hell with Trump and Washington. They have no real sincere desire to see North Korea stop its nuclear weapons development except on its terms which is beat up and brow beat North Korea to say “uncle”. Whch is as good as going to war just because they have a bigger stick. Let’s see how big a statesman is Mr Trump or will his true nature reveal itself and leave the world with disgust at how he “solves” the problems created by his predecessors?

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    Folks, this may come as a shock to you, but consider INDIA as the source of technology for North Korea to make ICBM’s able to target US. YES, don’t rule this out!

    The reason is India want US and China to be enemies so she have much to gain by weakening China. There might be an A.Q Khan type network the Indian operate out of the Indian embassy in Pyongyang or the North Koreans could get the high tech from their embassy in India. US should never never trust India. The bear hug Modi gave to Trump is an embrace of death to US. Start investigating India as the reason why NK manage to improve her ICBM technology so fast.

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    • Anonymous says:

      There maybe a valid point of India selling transfer of technologies to NK, full stop. However, I am not too sure if these snake oil Indian salesman can outsmart the Chinese, Russian and US spy network. I doubt it if the Indian spy networking is that advance. They can hide in the tall grass but eventually get smoked out.

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  3. steve says:

    The reason behind Nth Korea’s development of nuclear deterrent is the fear of US and Sth Korean invasion. The annual war exercises between the US and Sth Korea is not conducive to peaceful development in the Korean peninsula. Joint diplomacy of Russia and China adds weight to the geopolitical factors of the region in de-escalating tensions.

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