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Marsha Scott
December 27, 2017

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pressed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during telephone talks on Tuesday to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as quickly as possible.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is "united in opinion" with his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson on the issue of North Korea but that they differ on how to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Lavrov says Moscow has asked Washington in confidential conversations if it realizes that US allies South Korea and Japan would suffer the most if the North's nuclear missile tests provoke a military conflict.

On December 22, the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in response to last month's launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the US mainland.

Russia, which now talks of mediating the negotiations between the United States and North Korea, supported the sanctions in the UN.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Pyongyang, North Korea, left, and US President Donald Trump.

Last week Russian Federation and China voted in favor of a US -proposed measure in the U.N. Security Council to impose additional economic sanctions on North Korea as part of an escalating effort to clamp down on that country's nuclear program.

"We don't want to be in a situation where our bilateral relations, which are already in a rather pitiful state, could face even bigger and possibly unbearable risks and dangers", Peskov told conference call Monday.

Most recently, Trump approved new sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged violations of the INF, with US Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert saying that Washington now pursued economic and military measures to pressure Moscow.

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