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No reason to treat N. Korea as nuclear power-FM Lavrov

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The Russian foreign minister said Saturday it is inadvisable to recognize North Korea as a nuclear power. The UN Security Council on October 14 passed a resolution on North Korea following its underground nuclear test explosion, condemning the test and imposing arms and financial sanctions.
MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian foreign minister said Saturday it is inadvisable to recognize North Korea as a nuclear power.

The UN Security Council on October 14 passed a resolution on North Korea following its underground nuclear test explosion, condemning the test and imposing arms and financial sanctions. Pyongyang said the resolution was tantamount to a declaration of war.

"We do not agree with this. We will do everything in our power to stop such dangerous trends," Sergei Lavrov told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) after being asked whether North Korea should be recognized as a nuclear power and treated accordingly.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it hopes North Korea will move to alleviate the international community's concerns over its nuclear ambitions.

The Security Council resolution, which called the test a "clear threat to international peace and security," allows for the inspection of cargo to or from North Korea that may contain weapons of mass destruction or elements of such weapons, and calls on all countries to freeze the North's funds connected to its non-conventional arms program.

The sanctions will be lifted as soon as Pyongyang agrees to give up its nuclear program and returns to the six-nation talks with South Korea, Russia, Japan, China and the United States.

The Foreign Ministry also said that all six nations must make sure the resolution is implemented, echoing U.S. concerns over South Korea and China's reluctance to clamp down on the difficult neighbor.

"This is the only way to find mutually acceptable solutions and ensure the nuclear non-proliferation regime by denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, while taking into account North Korea's justified concerns," the ministry said.

On Tuesday, the chief of the General Staff of Russia's Armed Forces said he does not rule out that Pyongyang could conduct a second nuclear test.

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