October 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko told reporters on Monday after a meeting with Deputy Chairman of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly Ahn Dong Chun on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly that North Korea believes its only effective method to secure the country’s security and sovereignty is with nuclear weapons.
“They stressed once again that they consider possession of nuclear weapons as the only effective way to protect their country and their people and the only guarantee of their sovereignty,” she said.
“They mean the complicated 70-year history of relations with the US,” Matvienko clarified.
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She then explained that the North Korean delegation at the union is not ready to speak to their South Korean counterparts.
“South Korea’s parliamentary chairman reconfirmed that South Korea is ready for talks and intends to hold talks and expressed this intention here, on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly, as well” Matvienko said. “There was a lengthy hard talk with North Korea, and they are not ready for negotiations now,” she stated.
“This can be explained by the fact that the degree of distrust between North Korea and South Korea is pretty high and, before speaking of negotiations, it is necessary to try to establish conditions for them, that is somehow reduce the level of tensions and stop this escalation of tensions in an effort to start gradually restoring trust,” the Federation Council’s speaker explained.
“This is a hard way, but we restated Russia’s position and our opinion that apart from the talks, apart from search for yet political and diplomatic solutions in hard conditions, the situation will continue aggravating, which may have serious consequences for North Korea regarding the humanitarian component,” Matvienko stressed.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.