Rus­sia, China of­fer plan to ease North Korea ten­sion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SEOUL, Korea, Repub­lic Of — Rus­sia and China have pro­posed that North Korea de­clare a mora­to­rium on nu­clear and mis­sile tests while the United States and South Korea re­frain from large-scale mil­i­tary ex­er­cises.

The call was is­sued in a joint state­ment by the Rus­sian and Chi­nese for­eign min­istries on Tues­day fol­low­ing talks be­tween Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

The state­ment came af­ter North Korea tested a mis­sile that flew higher and longer than pre­vi­ous ones, spark­ing con­cerns around the world. Moscow and Bei­jing sug­gested that if North Korea halts nu­clear and mis­sile tests while the U.S. and South Korea freeze mil­i­tary ma­noeu­vres, the par­ties could sit down for talks that should lead to obli­ga­tions not to use force and to re­frain from ag­gres­sion.

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