06:10 GMT19 September 2020
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    North Korea’s latest nuclear test contradicts international law and deserves to be condemned, Moscow is calling on all sides to exercise restraint, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Pyongyang confirmed earlier in the day that it had tested a nuclear warhead at its northeastern nuclear test site. The experiment was its fifth nuclear test and the largest ever performed by North Korea.

    "Of course this event causes great concern. Russia’s position is well known, we do not think this corresponds to the norms and principles of international law and deserves condemnation, we think such actions do not promote the establishment of security and mutual trust on the peninsula, moreover, tensions are increasing," Peskov told reporters.

    The spokesman stressed that Moscow called on all sides to exercise restraint, and called for de-escalation of the situation and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

    "Moscow is ready for the closest coordination of its steps in order to work out an international reaction to Pyongyang’s actions," Peskov said when asked how Russia would express its position on the issue at the upcoming UN Security Council session.

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    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), nuclear test, denuclearization, nuclear weapons, UN Security Council, Dmitry Peskov, Russia, Korean Peninsula
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