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Russia and China join forces over North Korea

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 01:15

Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping are calling on the U.S. to sign up to a de-escalation plan for the Korean peninsula ahead of the G20 summit later this week. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday (July 4) and called on North Korea, South Korea and the United States to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse tensions over Pyongyang's missile programme. The plan would see North Korea suspend its ballistic missile programme and the United States and South Korea simultaneously call a moratorium on large-scale missile exercises, both moves aimed at paving the way for multilateral talks. The initiative was set out in a joint statement from the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping held wide-ranging talks in the Kremlin. Russia and China both share a land border with North Korea and have been involved in past efforts to try to calm tensions between Pyongyang and the West.

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Russia and China join forces over North Korea

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 01:15