Russian Federation hosts North Korean diplomat for talks on new tensions

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GETTY NUCLEAR WAR North Korea has been showing off its missile might as it throws down with the US

Moscow's Russian foreign ministry said it invited a North Korean diplomat for "consultations" on Friday (Sept 29), as tensions mount between Pyongyang and Washington.

Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea's foreign ministry, traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian ambassador-at-large oleg Burmistrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

South Korea should try to persuade the United States not to take military action against North Korea because it would to lead to full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula, a ruling party lawmaker said Wednesday.

Choe met with Russia's top envoy to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora last week to discuss situations on the Korean Peninsula, Moscow's embassy in the North said.

Last month, North Korea's official news agency said the Australian Government should be focused on maintaining the peace of its own country, instead of joining the USA in moves towards nuclear war.

Russian Federation might be trying to get involved in back-channel diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington, the sources said.

North Korea warned yesterday that it views US President Donald Trump's remark that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" as a declaration of war.

North Korea, for its part, says it needs to develop its weapons to defend itself against what it sees as USA aggression. "President Putin could be that person because he's befriended President Trump", said Yang.

The North sent a delegation to Russia's Eastern Economic Forum, held from September 6 to 7 in Vladivostok, and diplomats at the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang held a ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's visit to Russia.

After North Korea's latest and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions on the country. The Philippines and Taiwan cut off trade with the North.

The new UNSC resolution was supported by Moscow and also by Beijing, the North's largest communist ally.

Australia must develop greater missile defences to ward off a strike from North Korea, a former high-ranking Pentagon official said.

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