Igor Vishnevitsky, Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Nonproliferation Department, said that Russia does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear state, calling for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“Russia does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear state, like any other not officially recognized as a nuclear state in accordance with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. We call for the early conversion of the Korean Peninsula into a nuclear-free zone. “Vishnevitsky told reporters.
He continued: “Of course, there is a possibility of nuclear testing by North Korea. North Korea is working on the Bhongiri test site, but we are not ready to make any predictions about their possibility, especially when this will happen. And in all international institutions, including the UN and the IAEA for atomic energy, we call on countries not to exaggerate the importance of the situation and to respond adequately.”
He noted that Russia has repeatedly said that attempts to pressure North Korea through sanctions have exhausted themselves, adding: “It is clear that Pyongyang will not make any concessions.”
The Russian diplomat stressed that the sanctions imposed on North Korea primarily harm ordinary Koreans.
Source: RIA Novosti