China, Russia push to ease North Korea sanctions as Seoul mulls options reports: “China and Russia have backed easing sanctions on Pyongyang ‘at an appropriate time’, as South Korea’s foreign minister said Seoul was mulling lifting its own measures, threatening cracks in global restrictions on the nuclear-armed North.

Pyongyang is sanctioned under multiple UN Security Council resolutions over its weapons programmes and has repeatedly called for the measures to be loosened, citing a freeze in its nuclear and missile tests.

At three-way talks in Moscow, vice foreign ministers from North Korea, China and Russia agreed ‘it is necessary to consider adjusting sanctions on the DPRK by the UN Security Council at an appropriate time’, Beijing’s foreign ministry said in a statement late Wednesday, using the North’s official name.

China is the North’s main diplomatic backer and Pyongyang also has friendly relations with Russia…”

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