Moscow welcomes Pyongyang's initiative to stabilize inter-Korean relations, concerned about rocket launches

Moscow welcomes the initiative of the North Korean authorities to stabilize relations with South Korea but, at the same time, is concerned about recent launches of short-range rockets by North Korea, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted in a statement on Wednesday.

Moscow welcomes the initiative of the North Korean authorities to stabilize relations with South Korea but, at the same time, is concerned about recent launches of short-range rockets by North Korea, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted in a statement on Wednesday.

"We welcome new initiatives of North Korea aimed at stabilizing the inter-Korean relations and de-escalating tension in the region. At the same time, we are very concerned by the fact that Pyongyang has just carried out yet another launch of short-range rockets," the document said.

"Due to this we would like to emphasize again that all parties should exercise maximum restraint, not allow any actions contradicting UN Security Council resolutions and instigating situational escalation on the Korean peninsula, including amid U.S.-South Korean drills, Freedom Guardian, planned for August 2014," the Foreign Ministry said.

It is important to resume six-party talks to reduce nuclear ambitions on the Korean peninsula and create effective international and legal mechanisms to ensure regional security, the statement said.

South Korean mass media outlets reported on June 30 that North Korean authorities proposed Seoul refrain from military provocations against each other.

Pyongyang has also proposed South Korea to suspend "psychological war and propaganda," the reports said. North Korea suggested starting implementing the plan on June 4.

North Korea has also urged Seoul and Washington not to hold drills during the Asian Games in South Korea's Incheon, which will be held on September 19 to October 4.

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