Stability and strategy: Why is China so easy on North Korea?

Stability and strategy: Why is China so easy on North Korea?

"It's as if the recent actions of the United States are consciously directed to provoke Pyongyang towards other radical actions", Russia's top diplomat said.

Haley's remarks followed Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile test.

"We will do everything to ensure that it [military conflict] doesn't happen and that the problem is solved using exclusively peaceful and political-diplomatic means", he said.

He continued to say that Ms Haley's speech to the UN Security Council meeting was "a really bloodthirsty tirade".

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"It's as if the recent actions of the USA are consciously directed to provoke Pyongyang towards other radical actions". Then, all of a sudden two weeks after the United States had sent us the signal [about readiness to dialogue], they announced unscheduled drills in December.

"China and Russian Federation have a common stance on the Korean Peninsula issue, maintaining contact with each other".

"If the United States drops out of this deal, it won't be very credible in the eyes of those who are now requested to drop their (own) nuclear program like North Korea", Lavrov said.

Lavrov also reminded of the roadmap, jointly developed by Russian Federation and China, which implied rejection of any actions that fuel tensions and transition to negotiations.

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Washington called on nations to cut relations with Pyongyang and warned that North Korea's leadership will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out.

A group of Russian MPs visited Pyongyang earlier this week in order to facilitate the resolution of the crisis.

Geng also said that North Korea, "fully understands the importance of initiatives aimed at de-escalating the conflict, which were proposed by China and Russian Federation".

"China's priority is stability in the region, as well as domestic stability, and part of that is an alliance with its neighbor North Korea", Alison Evans, deputy head of Asia-Pacific country risk at IHS Markit, told CNBC on Thursday.

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"They trust Russian Federation, therefore they consider the possibility [of negotiations] only with its participation ... as the guarantor of the talks", Chepa said.

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