Russian official Oleg Burmistrov visits North Korea, to discuss nuclear missile tests with Pyongyang

Seoul: Russia's deputy nuclear negotiator has visited North Korea to discuss issues on the divided peninsula, Pyongyang's state media reported on Tuesday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Oleg Burmistrov, Russia's ambassador-at-large, met with North Korea's vice-foreign minister Sin Hong-chol and also talked with a director in charge of North America affairs, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Burmistrov is known to also serve as Moscow's deputy negotiator to the now-stalled six-party denuclearisation talks involving South and North Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russia, reports Yonhap News Agency.

He arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday for a four-day visit.

"We told him that if Washington does not give up its hostile policy toward the North and end its nuclear threats, we will not put nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles up for negotiation," KCNA said in a report.

"We also made it clear that we will not budge an inch from our firm will to strengthen our nuclear force."

North Korea test-fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 4 July, claiming that it can hit targets anywhere in the world.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) is working on a new sanctions resolution for Pyongyang's latest ICBM test.

Published Date: Jul 25, 2017 16:37 PM | Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017 16:41 PM

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