02:18 GMT +323 January 2020
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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US announcement of the suspension of military drills in the region would help solve the challenges facing the Korean Peninsula.

    "President Trump's announcement about the lack of need to hold yet another US-South Korean drill will contribute to ensuring a steady pace [in the Korean settlement]," Lavrov said at a press conference.

    The Russian minister said that the very fact that the summit took place is positive, stressing that denuclearization would take a long time and expressed hope that Pyongyang and Washington would have "enough patience" to agree on the parameters of the process.

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    "Undoubtedly, despite the importance of resolving the problems between the United States and North Korea, including the stages of the peninsula's denuclearization and security guarantees, it is clear that these problems can hardly be resolved in a bilateral format… All participants of the six-party talks persistently noted that the process should result in creating a system of peace, security and stability throughout Northeast Asia," he said.

    The minister commented on the historic meeting held between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12. The politicians signed a framework agreement, committing to work toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Trump also gave Pyongyang security assurances and stated that he would suspend military drills with South Korea in order to avoid tensions.


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