Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov on Friday and stressed to him that the new government was in the process of forming a policy on negotiations with the Palestinians. Lieberman said the new policy will be presented to the international community once it is completed.
Lieberman expressed his reservations regarding the Russian initiative to bring the situation in the Middle East to a UN Security Council session before Israeli's policy is formed. "Such sessions only give a stage to criticize Israel and nothing more," he said. (Roni Sofer)
Lavrov Seeks to Revive North Korea Nuclear Talks, Chosun Says
By Bomi Lim
April 17 (Bloomberg) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will travel to Pyongyang next week to try to persuade North Korea to return to international nuclear talks, Chosun Ilbo newspaper said, citing unidentified Russian officials.
Lavrov plans a two-day visit to the North Korean capital on about April 24, the South Korean newspaper reported. He will meet with his North Korean counterpart, Pak Ui Chun, and may also hold talks with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Il, it said.
Kim’s regime expelled United Nations nuclear inspectors this week after declaring April 14 it was quitting international talks aimed at scrapping the nation’s atomic weapons program. The six-party talks involve North Korea, the U.S, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan.
To contact the reporter on this story: Bomi Lim in Seoul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: April 16, 2009 20:02 EDT
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