Russia ready to influence North Korea
Russia has communication channels with North Korea open and is ready to exert its influence on Pyongyang, RIA news agency quotes Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying.
On Tuesday, he was also quoted as saying that North Korea was seeking a direct dialogue with the United States on its nuclear program, while it was not in need of security guarantees either from China or Russia.
In Washington, US State Department spokeswoman Katina Adams said the Trump administration still wanted a peaceful, diplomatic solution to the nuclear and missile threat from Pyongyang, but told Reuters: "(North Korea) has shown through its actions that it is not interested in talks. We must remain focused on increasing the costs for Pyongyang to continue to advance its WMD programs."Sixth anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death