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    Russian Foreign Minister said that Neither Russia, nor Japan is interested in fueling the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Neither Russia, nor Japan is interested in fueling the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

    “I’m convinced that neither Russia, nor Japan is interested in fueling tension in this region. Just like our Japanese neighbors it is in our interests that this region is stable and allows each state [in the region] to be at peace with its security and to create optimal conditions for expanding trade, economic and investment relations,” Lavrov said during a meeting with former Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura in Moscow.

    Former Japanese Foreign Minister MasahikoKomura arrived in Moscow on Sunday with a four-day visit.

    "I’m convinced that neither Russia, nor Japan is interested in fueling tension in this region. Just like our Japanese neighbors it is in our interests that this region is stable and allows each state [in the region] to be at peace with its security and to create optimal conditions for expanding trade, economic and investment relations," Lavrov said during a meeting with Komura in Moscow.

    Lavrov added that Russia would share its assessments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the fight against international terrorism with Komura.

    "We will definitely share our assessments. We would also be grateful for an assessment from the Japanese side, including with the problems that have accumulated on the Korean Peninsula and around it, as well as in Northeastern Asia as a whole," the Russian minister said.

    Russia will share its assessments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the fight against international terrorism with former Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    “We will definitely share our assessments. We would also be grateful for an assessment from the Japanese side, including with the problems that have accumulated on the Korean Peninsula and around it, as well as in Northeastern Asia as a whole,” Lavrov told Komura during a meeting in Moscow.

    On January 6, Pyongyang claimed it had carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, which triggered condemnation from the international community that denounced the test as provocative and undermining stability in the region.

    North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, having earlier withdrawn from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that it ratified in 1985.

    The United States, Japan and South Korea, as well as Russia and China, took part in talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with North Korea between 2003 and 2009, before Pyongyang withdrew from the talks.

    South and North Korea remain legally at war, as no peace treaty was signed after the Korean War of 1950-1953.

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