DPRK diplomat leaves for Moscow for talks with Russian Federation

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As Moscow received a high-level negotiator to discuss North Korea's nuclear program, Pyongyang's ambassador to Russian Federation insisted that the Asian country is not backing down from its vow to deploy force if necessary.

Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American section of North Korea's foreign ministry, met with Russia's ambassador-at-large Oleg Burmistrov.

Nauert said Friday's talks would follow a visit to Moscow by the US special envoy for North Korea, Joseph Yun, about two weeks ago.

Russia is willing to work with North Korea on a peaceful solution to tensions sparked by Pyongyang's recent nuclear and missile tests, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after meetings between the two sides in Moscow on Friday.

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Choe also met with Russian vice foreign minister Igor Morgulov, the foreign ministry said.

Russian Federation might be trying to get involved in back-channel diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington, the sources said.

Last week, in his first speech to the UN General Assembly, Mr Trump vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S. and it allies.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hit back at "reckless" North Korea after the reclusive country described Australia's decision to participate in joint military exercises with the United States and South Korea as a "suicidal act".

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Kim vowed to take the "highest-level" action against the U.S. as Trump threatened to "totally destroy" the North if forced to defend itself and its allies from a North Korean attack.

Most recently, the UNSC unanimously adopted a fresh sanctions resolution against the North earlier this month to condemn its latest nuclear test, which was staged September 3.

Burmistrov, Russia's deputy nuclear negotiator, visited the DPRK in late July to discuss issues involving the Korean Peninsula, reports said. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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