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Situation in DPRK Is Peaceful as It Was: Russian Foreign Minister
Pyongyang, January 27 (KCNA) -- Moscow did not see any sign that the situation on the DPRK is likely to develop in the direction of instability, said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, when interviewed by Kyodo News on Thursday.

He continued:

According to the information we have received, the situation on the DPRK is peaceful as it was before.

After its mourning period, the life in the DPRK has gradually returned to normal.

It is our view that the announcement of Kim Jong Un's assumption of the supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army showed a smooth transition of power.

Therefore, there is no sign that the situation in the DPRK is likely to develop in the direction of instability.

As a close neighbor, Russia is interested in maintaining and developing political and economic relations with the DPRK.

This was mentioned in the condolence message sent by President Medvedev, in particular, over the passing of Kim Jong Il.

As far as the settlement of the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula is concerned, we are sure that there is no other alternative but to find a political and diplomatic solution to the issue within the framework of the six-party talks.

Russia and other parties to the talks are seeking a reasonable way for restarting the talks.

What is important, I think, is for all parties to be most prudent and exercise maximum restraint in their actions on the Peninsula and in its vicinity so that the tension is not escalated again.

Lavrov's remarks amount to Russia's total denial of the misinformation about "the instability of the system" in the DPRK, etc. spread by hostile forces.

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