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    RUSSIA READY TO HELP NORTH KOREA IF IT STOPS ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM

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    MOSCOW, February 19, 2004. (RIA Novosti). Russia could help North Korea to solve its energy problems if this is needed to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov told RIA Novosti.

    "If we consider return steps concerning the cessation of Pyongyang's nuclear program, economic assistance to North Korea can be one of them, in particular, in energy sphere. Russia could play a certain role in it," Losyukov said.

    He is heading the Russian delegation at six-sided talks on the North Korean nuclear settlement. The second round of the talks will open on February 25 in Beijing.

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