Russia publicly says it is concerned that North Korea has not yet destroyed any nuclear warheads within the denuclearization process, said Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov.
In reality, it appears that Russia is telling the U.S to lift some sanctions first, and then see what North Korea does or doesn’t do.
The diplomat addressed the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula by speaking at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California, USA, stressing that Russia supports US activities in this area.
“There are a lot of questions on how quickly we can reach denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We support the American efforts in this area. We stand ready to back the US However, it is concerning that neither a single warhead, nor even a missile has been dismantled to this day. We have noticed that the DPRK has made several direct steps to meet American demands,” the diplomat noted.
We think it is high time to think about the whole set of restraints imposed on North Korea. It is important to take steps in accordance with the Russian-Chinese “roadmap” to mitigate the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Actions from one side mean that the other side should take steps as well,” he added.
On June 12, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held their first official meeting in Singapore. After the talks were concluded, the two countries signed an agreement expressing the joint commitment to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Pyongyang gave up the missile tests and nuclear tests, handed over to Washington the three US citizens detained, as well as returned the remains of American soldiers who died during the 1950-53 Korean War.
The US side continues to insist on maintaining maximum pressure on North Korea, including economic restrictions under UN resolutions until complete denuclearization of the peninsula.
Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Pyongyang with Kim Jong-un. The two agreed on measures to denuclearize North Korea and discussed a second summit between the United States and North Korea.
In addition, the North Korean leader has had three meetings with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, which resulted in a joint pledge to reach a peace treaty.