Russia, China Condemn N Korea Nuclear Test, Oppose Escalation - Foreign Ministry

© AFP 2022 / JOEL SAGETCars drive past the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow on May 5, 2016.
Cars drive past the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow on May 5, 2016. - Sputnik International
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his counterpart from China, Wang Yi, condemned the latest nuclear test carried out by North Korea while calling on stakeholders to avoid regional escalation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Lavrov and Wang held a phone conversation in which the diplomats exchanged views on the situation in the Korean Peninsula following Friday's nuclear test demonstrating North Korea's capability of mounting nuclear warheads on strategic ballistic rockets.

"Condemning Pyongyang’s actions, the ministers of the two countries stressed the importance of ensuring that all parties concerned refrain from steps that could to further escalate tension," the ministry said in a statement.

The September 9 test is believed to be the fifth and largest blast since Pyongyang began pursuing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The UN Security Council condemned it as a repeated violation of its resolutions.

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