A Russian diplomat has warned of an “apocalyptic scenario” that could develop on the Korean peninsula if the U.S. and South Korea were to launch an attack against Pyongyang, but Moscow is pushing for a peaceful solution.

Said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov: “A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula exists and we cannot turn our blind eye to it.”

“I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such negative scenario,” he said at the opening of the eighth annual Asian Conference of the Valdai discussion club in Seoul.

Saying that Russia was working with North Korea to prevent further nuclear testing, Morgulov also noted that Moscow considers a nuclear-armed North as being “unacceptible.”

He added that pressuring North Korea to give up its missile and nuclear programs, which is the tactic being employed by the United States, ultimately will not be successful.

“We must understand that the pressure borders with the deliberate push of North Korea to the humanitarian catastrophe,” Morgulov said. “This will not result in the North Korean authorities giving up missile and nuclear programs, but on the contrary, will only strengthen its intentions to stay until the very end.” [source]

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