Russia's Lavrov Says Timing of Putin-Trump Meeting Not yet Discussed: RIA

  • Russia's Lavrov Says Timing of Putin-Trump Meeting Not yet Discussed: RIA

Russia's Lavrov Says Timing of Putin-Trump Meeting Not yet Discussed: RIA

Russian Federation is ready to serve as a mediator between North Korea and the United States if both sides agree, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN on Tuesday. "It is impossible, you need both sides to be willing", Peskov said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had imposed sanctions on two North Korean officials for their role in Pyongyang's ballistic missile program.

The vote was unanimous, but Russia's ambassador to the United Nations criticized the resolution, saying that the U.S. had rushed it through with several last-minute amendments that targeted North Korean workers overseas.

Mr Tillerson had previously said during a November news conference that North Korea's fuel supply "is already quite constrained" as shown by "anecdotal evidence" and U.S. intelligence sources which show cars lined up at petrol stations or certain stations closing that would normally have fuel.

"Unfortunately, our call to preclude a further escalation of tensions, to revise the policy of mutual intimidation, was not heeded", Nebenzia said.

The US also issued sanctions on two North Korea citizens over their alleged involvement in the country's ballistic missile programme.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is "united in opinion" with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson on the issue of North Korea but that they differ on how to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Tillerson and Lavrov "agreed that they will continue to work toward a diplomatic solution to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula", Nauert said.

Lavrov "once again highlighted that it is unacceptable to exacerbate tensions around the Korean peninsula with Washington's aggressive rhetoric toward Pyongyang and increasing military preparations in the region", it said.

Washington is hoping the planned meeting will demonstrate that the worldwide community will not tolerate North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development, the sources said.