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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said his country is seriously watching the situation in North Korea, which is seeking to become a nuclear power, stressing that Russia is not yet a serious threat to it.

“We are seeing a dangerous trend in North Korea as it seeks to become a nuclear-weapon state,” Ryabkov said in a press statement on Monday. “This is worrying.”

He pointed out that his country does not see a threat from North Korea as some of its neighbors feel, pointing out that the development of the missile defense system (THAD) near the Russian border may lead to a question about a similar military reaction by Moscow.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also warned of any “foolish” move on the Korean Peninsula that could lead to military escalation.

“It is not necessary to leave the space for escalation,” he said. “Those who are smarter and stronger must show restraint. In the current situation, any foolish move could lead to a political or military escalation.”

“His country continues to emphasize that continuing pressure on North Korea through sanctions is not the best and most beneficial solution,” the Russian diplomat said, noting that dialogue, diplomatic and political means are the only way to reach a settlement to the North Korean crisis.

Ryabkov said that Pyongyang could be controlled by developing realistic proposals for dialogue. This depends heavily on the United States, which says it relies on sanctions and threats instead of finding solutions through diplomacy.

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