Russia and China have teamed up to de-escalate tensions between North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. by proposing a moratorium on the North’s testing of nuclear missiles and mandating that the United States and South Korea both refrain from large-scale military exercises at the same time, paving the way for diplomatic discussions instead of all-out nuclear war.
The joint statement made by the Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministries came on Tuesday, after news reports of another North Korean missile test sparked the need for a frank discussion between President Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping.
“The situation in the region affects the national interests of both countries,” the joint statement said. “Russia and China will work in close coordination to advance a solution to the complex problem of the Korean Peninsula in every possible way.”
News out of North Korea on Tuesday claimed that the Communist country had successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, which flew a trajectory that experts said could allow a weapon to strike Alaska.
Even though the two countries share a land border with North Korea, their efforts to stop the rogue regime from attaining nuclear weapons and threatening nearby nations — as well as the U.S. — have been half-hearted. This is the first time the two countries have actually gotten together to do something about the dangerous situation brewing in their respective backyards.
The joint statement also ordered Washington to immediately halt deployment of its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, which would make the country more vulnerable to a missile attack from the North.
The two nations are basically hoping that everyone will lay down their weapons and come to the table for peaceable talks like reasonable adults.
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