No alternative to a peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)
Russia is deeply concerned over the situation on the Korean Peninsula, where confrontation is moving into its hottest phase than ever before. North Korea continues to violate UN Security Council resolutions.
At the same, time we believe that the policy of pressing on Pyongyang to make it stop its nuclear missile programme is misguided and dangerous. Problems of the region should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end. We urge the conflicting parties to show restraint, act responsibly and put an end to their belligerent rhetoric and actions.
Russia and China have proposed a roadmap for a settlement on the Korean Peninsula that is designed to promote gradual easing of tensions and creation of a mechanism for lasting peace and security. It deserves serious attention as a starting point to overcome the current impasse and renew the negotiating process. We need to seek channels of communication with Pyongyang to lead the Koreans to a substantive dialogue on nuclear and missile issues, and the roadmap provides for these opportunities.