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Russia opposes anti-North Korea military action, sanctions

Russia says it is against engaging in military operations or imposing further sanctions against North Korea over its recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“It is of utmost importance for us, it is utterly clear for us, that any attempts to justify a military solution are inadmissible. They lead to unpredictable consequences for the region,” said Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov on Wednesday.

According to Press TV, Safronkov made the remarks during a UN Security Council meeting called by the US over North Korea’s missile tests.

“In the very same manner, attempts to economically strangle North Korea are equally unacceptable as millions of people are in great humanitarian need. The UN plays its role here. There must be a depolarization of humanitarian efforts,” he stated.

“We call upon the DPRK as a voluntary, political decision to declare a moratorium on the testing of nuclear explosive devices and the testing of ballistic missiles, though the US and the Korean Republic at the same time should refrain from conducting full-scale joint training exercises,” the Russian envoy added.

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi also told the council that his country was against military action on North Korea.

“China has always been firmly opposed to chaos and conflict on the Korean peninsula. Military means must not be an option in this regard,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the US announced that it was willing to use force to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear missile program.

“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

She added the US would be proposing fresh UN sanctions on Pyongyang over the next few days, and warned it was also prepared to severe trade with whoever engaged in commerce with the North.