Russia urges 'any possible' dialogue with N. Korea

12th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia said Friday any opportunity must be seized for dialogue with reclusive North Korea, suggesting it could play a role by promoting joint infrastructure projects between the two Koreas.

A Russian official made the suggestion after President Dmitry Medvedev held talks on the issue on the sidelines of a two-day meeting in the South Korean capital of the world's 20 largest economies.

"The president of Russia believes it is necessary to reinvigorate any possible contacts to continue dialogue with the leadership of North Korea," said the official, a member of Medvedev's delegation.

"Obviously, this topic was discussed in quite a detailed manner at the meeting with the president of South Korea (Lee Myung-Bak)," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Ahead of Medvedev's visit to Seoul, his top foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko said Russia would seek to use its clout to push joint infrastructure projects involving South and North Korea.

The Russian delegation official said on Friday that at least one such project -- a long-stalled plan for a trans-Korean railway -- had been discussed in Seoul.

On Thursday, US President Barack Obama warned that North Korea must show "seriousness of purpose" before six-party nuclear talks can resume, saying he was not interested in simply "going through the motions".

The North quit the six-party forum on nuclear disarmament in April 2009 and staged its second atomic weapons test a month later. The talks group the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.

© 2010 AFP

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