Moscow: North Korean nuclear talks could restart by the summer, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Japans alt39 NHKalt39 television in a interview today whose transcript was released by the ministry.
” It is absolutely realistic to do this not just this year but in the first half of the year, concentrating on the main task of ensuring the Korean peninsulas non- nuclear status,” Lavrov said.
” If we act in this way and at the same time do not create provocative situations, its fully likely that we will achieve a result,” Lavrov said.
He spoke ahead of a visit to Moscow by Washingtons special representative for North Korea, Glyn Davies, who is due to arrive Tuesday to discuss continuing efforts to achieve North Koreas nuclear disarmament.
Lavrov said he believed North Korea was moving towards stabilisation after the death of leader Kim Jong- Il in December and the appointment of his son Kim Jong- Un as the new leader.
” As far as the situation in the country after the death of Kim Jong- Il goes, we have a feeling that it is developing in the direction of stabilisation,” Lavrov said.
Russia, China, South Korea, Japan and the United States are part of the six- party nuclear talks, which stalled after North Korea quit the forum in April 2009, a month before staging its second nuclear test.
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