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Leonid Slutsky: “North Korean settlement must not be left to Washington alone”

MP Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:

“The issues of a North Korean settlement must not be left to Washington alone. The results of the abruptly concluded second summit of the DPRK-USA showed this.
It is necessary, obviously, to return to the format of the six-party talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. China, Japan, South Korea and Russia can have a major impact on the situation.

It is also worth raising the issue of the DPRK again at the UNSC site. Given the positive attitude of Pyongyang to solve the problem, based on the concerns of the entire world community, it would be logical to think about preparing a new resolution on softening sanctions against North Korea.

As for Hanoi: the leaders – both Trump and Kim Jong-un – have a certain degree of unpredictability. What really happened – we can only wonder. I do not exclude that the United States, in its own manner, began to impose its own conditions. In the case of the DPRK, dictatorship, as we have repeatedly seen, is useless. We need to conduct a full-format dialogue with this state, preferably in an expanded format. This is the only way to rule out the possibility of disrupting the settlement process.”

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