Russia envoy says N.Korea violated UN resolutions
A senior Russian envoy stated Thursday that North Korea had violated UN resolutions with its new uranium enrichment programme, a South Korean foreign ministry official said.
The deputy envoy to stalled talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament, Grigory Logvinov, made the remark in a meeting with South Korea's top nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-Lac, said the official, who wished to remain anonymous.
"Russia takes a clear position that the North's uranium enrichment is a violation of UN Security Council resolutions" and its past pledges to denuclearise in return for aid, Logvinov was quoted saying.
North Korea boasted Tuesday it has "many thousands of centrifuges" running at a new uranium enrichment plant which it showed last month to visiting US scientists, raising fears it wants to make more fuel for atom bombs.
World powers fear that the regime of Kim Jong-Il, which has twice tested atom bombs, is seeking to produce weapons-grade uranium on top of the plutonium it already possesses to use in a game of nuclear brinkmanship.
Pyongyang issued its first report on the facility, which it says is for peaceful purposes, a week after launching an artillery attack against the South, which killed four people and brought international condemnation.
Moscow, unlike Beijing, has criticised Pyongyang, with which it usually has friendly ties, over the November 23 strike on a border island.
Russia has called for dialogue to ease tensions, but Logvinov expressed no position on China's proposal for an emergency meeting of the six members of the talks on the nuclear disarmament of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported.
Three members -- the United States, South Korea and Japan -- have been cool to the proposal from host China and they instead are planning their own three-way talks Monday in Washington, without China, Russia and North Korea.
© 2010 AFP