Pyongyang relishing atmosphere of reconciliation and trust: North Korean FM

북한 리용호, 비동맹회의서 외교전.... 방러 중국 외교부장 "한반도 평와위해 비핵화 노선 견지해야"
North Korea's top diplomat has expressed optimism over the recent thawing of relations between Seoul and Pyongyang as they head toward the inter-Korean summit in three week's time.
For more on the diplomatic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula, Lee Seung-jae reports.
Delivering a speech at a conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Baku, Azerbaijan on Thursday,... North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said the Korean Peninsula is relishing the atmosphere of reconciliation and trust between the two Koreas.
While Ri credited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his role in thawing inter-Korean ties,... he also cited the formation of a joint Korean women's ice hockey team during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February,... as an example of the reconciliatory atmosphere.
Ri said he felt optimistic that peace can come to the Korean Peninsula,... adding that the two Koreas may achieve a breakthrough by uniting their efforts.
He added that the "actions of great countries come with responsibilities",... a statement apparently urging the United States to exercise restraint,... so as not to adversely affect the warming atmosphere on the Peninsula.
Ri will be heading to Turkmenistan next,... followed by Russia,.. where he's scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov amid a flurry of diplomacy ahead of the inter-Korean summit scheduled for April 27th.
Ri's remarks in Azerbaijan on Thursday came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Lavrov in Moscow.
Wang said Beijing wants to see the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as it's the path to long-term peace and stability.
He added that China and Russia welcome and support the notable improvement in the situation,... and appreciate the efforts made by the two Koreas.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.

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