Russia hints that North Korea is moving to denuclearize

The North Korean government is working towards denuclearization, as evidenced by the fact that Pyongyang has not conducted any recent missile tests, according to the Russian government.

Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov made the comments in recognition of Pyongyang’s current pause in provocative actions, its longest since last winter.

“I think North Korea’s restraint for the past two months is within the simultaneous freeze road map” suggested by China and Russia, he said.

Beijing and Moscow have also proposed that as long as North Korea is not acting provocatively, the U.S. and South Korea should stop holding joint military exercises, which Washington rejects.

Following “freeze for freeze” the next step should be diplomatic exchanges, Morgulov suggested.

“North Korea’s last provocation was on Sept. 15, when it fired its second missile over Japan in as many months. The 73-day pause is the longest since a 116-day break between October 2016 and February.” [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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