Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Russian Federation tells North Korea, US 'hot heads' to calm down

Russian Federation tells North Korea, US 'hot heads' to calm down

"The great potential in our relations is not being used and is even reducing over the Russophobic hysteria", the minister said. And he said with so many people involved in hearings and investigations related to the alleged Russian meddling, "it can not be that not a single fact has leaked".

After meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, Lavrov said that the US side had admitted the need to eliminate Jabhat al-Nusra.

As a result, "the vast potential of our bilateral relations" isn't being realized and worldwide issues aren't being solved because the USA and Russian Federation can not coordinate, he said.

Lavrov said that the United States had failed to present any evidence proving the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Instead, Lavrov suggested that countries reconsider a joint Russian-Chinese proposal, which would require North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile testing activities and for the USA and South Korea to halt joint military exercises, in what is known as the "dual suspension" plan.

But the USA military has "a ban on cooperating with Russia", Lavrov said. Such legislators need to have these political signals.

Lavrov said the remark by Trump at the General Assembly on Tuesday was "very welcome" and something "we haven't heard from an American leader for a very long time".

"We have to calm down the hotheads", and this requires contacts between the Trump administration and Kim's government, he said.

Lavrov's comments come as Mueller's investigation appears to be entering an important stage, with investigators requesting documents and emails from the White House, suggesting that parts of Mueller's investigation are focusing on President Donald Trump's own actions.

Though both Washington and Pyongyang have rejected the proposal, he said, "we believe that the potential is not yet exhausted". It would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises, but the Trump administration has rejected it.

Lavrov added that a collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would give North Korea little incentive to drop its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

He stressed that all other parties to the deal, including Russian Federation, support the agreement and don't want it reopened.

Speaking at a press conference in NY a day after his address to the UN General Assembly, Russia's top diplomat once again reiterated the "suspension for suspension" proposal, a joint- initiative with Beijing that would halt joint U.S. - ROK military exercises in exchange for a moratorium on DPRK weapon testing.

"I think they will realize it, we have never asked [our] Western partners to lift the sanctions", he said adding that life itself would make the West abandon the lose-lose situation.

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