Russia opposes escalation of military tension in Northeast Asia

Li Jiayao

MOSCOW, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday that Russia resolutely opposes the escalation of military tension in Northeast Asia.

He made the remarks during a phone conversation with Tillerson, when they exchanged assessments of the Korean Peninsula situation following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

According to a foreign ministry statement, Lavrov said any choice should be made in favor of political and diplomatic means to find peaceful solutions.

While the United States and its allies are preparing a draft resolution on Pyongyang for the United Nations Security Council to vote, Lavrov said Russia is ready to consider the document if it reflects the position above.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated Tuesday that the solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue must be "political," stressing that "the potential consequences of military action are too horrific."


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