South Korea Wants Russia to Play Bigger Role in Korean Peace Process

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Pyongyang - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam on Friday thanked Russia for its support and urged it to play a bigger role in the Korean peace efforts.

"[We] hope that Russia will play a more constructive role and have closer strategic communication with us," Lim was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency during his meeting with visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov.

The meeting came on the heels of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s trip to Pyongyang for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and top diplomat Ri Yong Ho.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Lavrov said he had invited Kim to come to Russia, and promised Moscow’s help in implementing any agreements that should come out of the North’s summits with South Korea and the United States.

Russian Foreign Minister previously said that every party should "tread carefully when it comes to the fledgling contacts and revival of ties between the two Koreas, and between North Korea and the United States".

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