China and Russia call on the United States to restrain
Moscow and Beijing propose the simultaneous halt of North Korean nuclear and ballistic tests and joint military maneuvers between the United States and South Korea.
The unanimity expressed at the UN Security Council a week earlier gave way, on Friday, August 11, to anxiety following the verbal escalation maintained throughout the week by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, vis-à-vis North Korea. Speaking to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia was “very concerned” about the “very high” conflict risks between the two countries, given the “direct threats to use force”.
Russia will “do everything” so that a confrontation between the two countries does not take place, assured Mr. Lavrov. He recalled that Moscow and Beijing have repeatedly proposed, in order to defuse the crisis, a double “moratorium”: the simultaneous halt of North Korean nuclear and ballistic tests on the one hand and that of the joint military maneuvers of the United States And South Korea on the other. “I think that when you get to the point of fighting, the one who has to step first to get away from the dangerous line is the strongest and smarter,” the Russian minister said in a statement. The allusion to the United States. “We have hope,” he concluded.
While Washington refuses to allow North Korean trials, considered illegal, to be placed on the same footing as maneuvers that come within the framework of a military alliance, China has reacted in the same tone as Russia. “We call on all parties to exercise caution in their words and actions and to do more to alleviate tensions,” said Geng Shuang, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement. They must strive to “strengthen their mutual trust rather than resorting to old recipes consisting in chaining the demonstrations of strength in turn, “ Geng said