Russia and China ask North Korea to return to nuclear talks

  1. News: Russia and China have rejected North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
  2. Background: North Korea has large stockpile of short-range missiles and is developing long-range and intercontinental missiles
  3. They urged North Korea to resume talks over its nuclear weapons programme and heed a UNSC resolution banning ballistic missile tests
  4. Both countries also hit out at US plans to deploy a missile system in South Korea as it will harm the strategic balance of power in the region

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