Moscow, June 1: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and advocated the “phased lifting” of the sanctions imposed and called for the achievement of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Inviting Kim to visist Russia,”Come to Russia. We would be very happy to see you,” Lavrov, seated across a table from Kim, said during a televised meeting.
Russian Foreign Minister expressed Moscow’s support for a declaration last month in which North and South Korea agreed to work for the denuclearisation of the peninsula.
Prior to this meeting, Lavrov met his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho.The foreign ministers of both the countries discussed the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and denuclearisation.
“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.
He said Moscow hoped all sides would take a measured approach to possible forthcoming talks on a nuclear settlement.