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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China told North Korea on Friday its nuclear ambitions were unacceptable, urging Pyongyang to resume talks over its nuclear weapons program and heed a U.N. Security Council resolution banning ballistic missile tests.
"We do not recognize the nuclear status of the DPRK," Wang told a news briefing via a translator, using the official acronym for North Korea.
The North should "fully and comprehensively" implement the U.N. resolution, Wang said. "At the same time, we will not spare efforts to return to the six-way talks," he added.
Commenting on the North's growing nuclear ambitions, Wang said the latest U.N. resolution banning its nuclear tests must be "implemented point by point."
"We should block further development of nuclear weapons in the DPRK," he said.
Russia's Lavrov said Moscow deemed Pyongyang's behavior "irresponsible".
"We believe that the world community's firm reaction will be interpreted by Pyongyang as a signal that there should be no such escapades in future," said Lavrov.
Russia was a close ally of Stalinist North Korea in Soviet days, but Lavrov made it clear times had changed.
"It should be clear in Pyongyang that no one is going to exonerate the DPRK for such escapades," he said, referring to missile tests.
It's about time China and Russia put a stop to Kim's antagonistic threats! Both China and Russia will directly be affected by nuclear fallout if a nuclear exchange would ever happen between North Korea and the U.S..
North Korea better follow the sanctions, as there's no one to back them up now.
a reply to: tsurfer2000h
As I said I am all for Russia and China putting Kim in his place...I just hope little Kim doesn't make the wrong decision that could be trouble for his hermit kingdom.
Because if little Kim stays on this path it won't end well for him.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is guided in its activities by the Juche idea authored by President Kim Il Sung. The Juche idea means, in a nutshell, that the masters of the revolution and construction are the masses of the people and that they are also the motive force of the revolution and construction.
The Juche idea is based on the philosophical principle that man is the master of everything and decides everything. It is the man-centred world outlook and also a political philosophy to materialize the independence of the popular masses, namely, a philosophy which elucidates the theoretical basis of politics that leads the development of society along the right path.
The Government of the DPRK steadfastly maintains Juche in all realms of the revolution and construction.
Establishing Juche means adopting the attitude of a master towards the revolution and construction of one's country. It means maintaining an independent and creative standpoint in finding solutions to the problems which arise in the revolution and construction. It implies solving those problems mainly by one's own efforts and in conformity with the actual conditions of one's own POLITICS country. The realization of independence in politics, selfsufficiency in the economy and self-reliance in national defence is a principle the Government maintains consistently.
The Korean people value the independence of the country and nation and, under the pressure of imperialists and dominationsts, have thoroughly implemented the principle of independence, self-reliance and self-defence, defending the country's sovereignty and dignity firmly.
It is an invariable policy of the Government of the Republic, guided by the Juche idea, to treasure the Juche character and national character and maintain and realize them. The Government of the Republic always adheres to the principle of Juche, the principle of national independence, and thus is carrying out the socialist cause of Juche