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North Korean diplomat in Russian Federation for talks on US

He warned Australia could be struck by a North Korean weapon.

Russian Federation and China have previously said they both support a "suspension-for-suspension" approach to reign in North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons program.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Oleg Burmistrov, Russia's ambassador-at-large, would meet Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea's foreign ministry.

Any US attempt to go to war with North Korea will by regarded by Moscow as "openly hostile" towards Russia, Frants Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Russian upper house's Committee on Defense and Security, said Wednesday, commenting on recent US remarks on the North Korean issue.

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Russian Federation might be trying to get involved in back-channel diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington, the sources said.

North Korea's growing interactions with Russian Federation include a visit from Burmistrov to the North from July 22 to 25, which according to KCNA, was meant to discuss Korean Peninsula issues.

In a statement released last Friday, top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the DPRK, saying Trump "will face results beyond his expectation".

Russian and North Korean foreign ministry representatives met in Moscow today, and Kremlin said it had sent a clear message to Pyongyang that it was ready to step in to mediate. "On Russia's part, it wants to expand its clout in the Korean Peninsula, so North Korea would be aware it can make a middle man out of Putin". Pointing to the sixth nuclear test by North Korea, International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano expressed fear on the country making "very rapid progress". DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It remains to be seen whether this strategy will work or if Moscow or Beijing actually still have leverage over the North Korean junta.



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