Russian Defense Ministry warns against provocations close to DPRK borders

Positive pressure on DPRK over non-proliferation, nuclear program must continue - Russian Defense Ministry

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has warned against provocations close to the border of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"There should be no emotional activity in close proximity to the DPRK, they should not be provoked," he said at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an international security conference in the Asia-Pacific Region.

"The situation could only get worse," he said.

At the same time, Russia "cannot accept the DPRK's missile-nuclear ambitions," he said. "We fully support all UN Security Council resolutions on this issue," he said.

"Russia will be doing all it can for Pyongyang to become a party to the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty], a state without nuclear weapons," he said.

"The six-party negotiating format is not working," he said.

"Continuing the positive pressure on the DPRK government over non-proliferation and nuclear program remains our only option," he said.

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