North Korean diplomat in Russian Federation for talks on US

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Choe Son Hui, director of the North Korean foreign ministry's North America department, met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and Ambassador At Large Oleg Burmistrov.

A conflict on the Korean peninsula would have "catastrophic consequences", and Russia's foreign ministry is working "behind the scenes" on finding a political solution to the North Korea crisis, the RIA news agency cited a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Tuesday.

The U.S. said it welcomed Moscow's efforts, even though the Russian-Chinese roadmap proposes an end to the U.S joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang giving up on the nuclear development programme-a proposal the U.S. has already rejected.

But in the Korean Peninsula, Russia's increasing involvement is welcomed by one of the USA key ally in the region, too.

Shin also said Russian Federation is interested in playing a bridge role between North Korea and the United States, because if it succeeds in easing tensions it could improve relations with Washington. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened retaliation in his response, calling Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

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After North Korea's latest and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions on the country.

North Korea's growing interactions with Russian Federation include a visit from Burmistrov to the North from July 22 to 25, which according to KCNA, was meant to discuss Korean Peninsula issues.

Kuwait, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Bulgaria, France and Germany either kicked out their North Korean ambassadors or forced delegations to downsize, while Kuwait and Qatar stopped issuing visas to North Korean laborers.

South Korean Lee Cheol-uoo said the Pyongyang was bolstering its defences by moving aircraft to its east coast and taking other measures after United States bombers flew close to the Korean peninsula at the weekend.

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