South Korea fastens its hopes to settle the North Korean nuclear issue on Russia, South Korean Ambassador to Russia Chung Tae Ik said at the opening ceremony of a Moscow Centre for Studies of Modern Korea.
According to the South Korean Ambassador, Russia "unequivocally stands for the non-nuclear status of the Korean Peninsula and is contributing to the peaceful settlement of the North Korean nuclear issue." The South Korean Ambassador also said that South Korean President No Mu-hyon believed that the issues had to be settled on the basis of three principles. Firstly, North Korea must be prohibited from developing nuclear weapons, secondly, the issue should be settled in a peaceful way and thirdly, Seoul must play an important role in the settlement of the issue.
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