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Russia, China foreign ministers discuss North Korea at G20

Sergey Lavrov and Wang Yi want a resumption of North Korea nuclear talks.

By Elizabeth Shim
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a ministerial-level meeting in Bonn, Germany. North Korea was on the agenda, according to Russian media. Pool photo by Mark Ralston/UPI
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a ministerial-level meeting in Bonn, Germany. North Korea was on the agenda, according to Russian media. Pool photo by Mark Ralston/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the G20 ministerial meeting on Thursday, according to a Russian news service.

Sputnik International reported Wang and Lavrov signaled interest in restarting efforts to launch North Korea nuclear talks, a possible allusion to the six-party talks on denuclearization.

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Beijing's foreign ministry confirmed the two diplomats agreed to "strengthen cooperation on the [North Korea] issue" for the sake of regional stability.

China has condemned Pyongyang's recent test of a mid-range ballistic missile. Analysts have said the rocket was an upgraded submarine-launched ballistic missile equipped with a solid fuel engine that cuts down the time required to fuel a rocket prior to launch.

Wang and Lavrov agreed to strengthen cooperation with countries in the association of five major emerging economies known as BRICS, and include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Lavrov also met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson behind closed doors, Deutsche Welle reported.

"The United States will consider working with Russia where we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people," Tillerson said after the meeting.

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The top U.S. diplomat also met with European ministers, who have expressed concern the Trump administration is becoming too friendly with Moscow at the expense of Western alliances, according to the report.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault criticized U.S. policy in the Middle East after meeting with Tillerson at the G20 gathering, describing the peace process as "confused and worrying."

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