Russia, China oppose military intervention in North Korea

MOSCOW Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:10am GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a news conference after a meeting of the Russia-Arab cooperation forum in Moscow February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a news conference after a meeting of the Russia-Arab cooperation forum in Moscow February 20, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China said on Friday they would oppose any foreign military intervention in North Korea over its recent nuclear test.

The two countries' foreign ministers condemned last week's test but said any action against North Korea had to be agreed at the United Nations, where Russia and China have the right of veto as permanent members of the Security Council.

"We are against the carrying out of a nuclear test in North Korea," Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a joint news conference after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

"The U.N. Security Council should give an adequate response ... but the action should be directed towards peace on the Korean peninsula," he said.

Lavrov said China and Russia had agreed that it was "vitally important not to ... allow the situation to be used as a pretext for military intervention."

North Korea's latest test, its third since 2006, prompted warnings from Washington and others that more sanctions would be imposed on the isolated state.

The U.N. Security Council has only just tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it launched a long-range rocket in December.

The North is banned under U.N. sanctions from developing missile or nuclear technology after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests.

(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice, Writing by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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EXAR-1 wrote:
No doubt Russia and China do not want American military intervention, but they provide no real solution. Suggestion to the President, advise Russia,China and particularly North Korea, that should one missal or any attack on South Korea (I am a Korean Vet.)or the United States be launched, they United States is establishing a standing order to respond with an annihilative, nuclear destruction of North Korea. A simple statement with no equivocation – should the Russian and Chinese wish to show utter disdain and disapproval of such a proposal, they may pontificate, but neither of them is, or well be sufficiently stupid to participate in a nuclear war over the posturing and military aggression of North Korea. We are being assailed from all sides, because we walk to softly and have a rather limp stick politically correct foreign policy … “Don’t tread on me!” carried a message Americans enforced that made this country great. As a nation, we are forgetting the history, the ethos, and respect for the Constitution that made this nation the ‘melting pot’ and ‘bread basket’ of the world … might, and power justly served … as a nation, we need to bring back America, for it is sadly being eviscerated by arrogance, stupidity, ignorance, greed, and fear.

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