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Russia, China urge restraint on Korean peninsula

Russia, China urge restraint on Korean peninsula

Russia and China expressed concern Wednesday over tension on the Korean peninsula and urged all nations involved to show restraint, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Moscow's statement, which came after Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke to his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, seemed aimed at the U.S. and South Korea at least as much as at the North.
Lavrov and Yang "called on the relevant states to display restraint and composure and to refrain from any actions that could undermine security and stability in the region," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Tension has risen over annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which North Korea has long claimed are rehearsals for an invasion, and Pyongyang's plans for a rocket launch, which have raised fears it might be trying to test-fire a missile capable of reaching U.S. territory.
The North claims it is trying to launch a satellite as part of a peaceful space program, and vowed to retaliate against any one seeking to shoot it down.
North Korea accused President Barack Obama's government of meddling in its internal affairs and vowed to take "every necessary measure" to defend itself against what it calls U.S. threats.
Russia and China border North Korea and are participants in stalled six-nation talks aimed at reining in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. Moscow has criticized U.S. strategy on North Korea in the past, warning that too much pressure is counterproductive.
On Tuesday, Russia criticized what it said was inflammatory talk and threats to punish Pyongyang for the planned rocket launch.
"What is particularly alarming are plans being discussed in certain countries to destroy a North Korean rocket immediately after its launch and warnings to Pyongyang that retaliatory measures will be taken in response to such actions," Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said in a statement.


Updated : 2021-04-18 11:41 GMT+08:00