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North Korea: Russia, China agree to joint approach to tensions, slam US over THAAD

From report, the Russian Foreign Ministry said: China and Russia have agreed a joint position on North Korea designed to defuse tensions around its missile programme and both want Washington to halt deployment of a missile shield in South Korea.
Moscow and Beijing had agreed on the need for a simultaneous freezing of North Korea's missile and nuclear program and large-scale military exercises by the United States and South Korea, the ministry said in a statement.

The dialogue was brought out after President Vladimir Putin held talks with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Kremlin.

North Korea said it had successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, which flew a trajectory experts said could allow a weapon to hit the US state of Alaska.
Moscow and Beijing called Tuesday's test "unacceptable."
The foreign ministries said that as a "voluntary political decision", North Korea should declare a "moratorium on testing nuclear devices and test launches of ballistic missiles".
In turn, the US and South Korea should "accordingly refrain from large-scale joint manoeuvres", the joint statement added.
They said "the confronting parties" involved should sit down for talks to agree on principles that include a refusal to use force and a pledge to make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons.
At the same time, the document emphasised the North's "sensible concerns" must be respected and urged other nations to create a "peaceful atmosphere of mutual trust" to help launch the talks.

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