Wed Oct 10, 2018, 10:55 PM

China, Russia, North Korea call for adjusted sanctions ahead of denuclearization

Chinese, Russian and North Korean deputy foreign ministers have met in Moscow to coordinate a trilateral approach to the denuclearization process on the Korean peninsula, and called on the U.N. Security Council to “adjust” the current sanctions regime against Pyongyang.

This is in contrast to the Trump administration’s declaration that tough sanctions would remain on North Korea until its complete denuclearization.

“It is time to start considering the adjustment of the U.N. Security Council’s sanction regime against the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). The three parties also oppose unilateral sanctions,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement released on Wednesday, a day after the working-level talks in Moscow.

China’s foreign affairs vice-minister, Kong Xuanyou, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Igor Morgulov and North Korea’s foreign vice-minister, Choe Son-hui, discussed the three countries’ cooperation during the denuclearization process.

China and Russia supported Pyongyang’s favored “phased and synchronized measures,” to ensure it receives compensation from the international community during the process, rather than waiting for complete denuclearization.

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