06MOSCOW7084, INITIAL REACTIONS IN MOSCOW TO DPRK MISSILE LAUNCH

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06MOSCOW7084 2006-07-05 11:00 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MOSCOW 007084 
 
SIPDIS 
 
C O R R E C T E D COPY - PARA 6 AND 7 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/05/2016 
TAGS: PREL MNUC KN RS
SUBJECT: INITIAL REACTIONS IN MOSCOW TO DPRK MISSILE LAUNCH 
 
 
MOSCOW 00007084  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
Classified By: A/POL Bruce Donahue.  Reasons: 1.4 (b/d). 
 
1. (C)  Summary.  The Russian MFA issued a strongly worded 
statement at 2:00 p.m. Moscow time on July 5 in response to 
the DPRK missile launches.  The MFA spokesman was on the 
record as day began in Moscow calling the launches a 
"provocation."  Our colleagues in the ROK and Japanese 
embassies told us their Foreign Ministers were reaching out 
the same day to Russian Minister Lavrov.  The Chinese told us 
they had no new message for the Russians, though they 
expressed regret at the launch.  Russian media covered the 
launches extensively, focusing on reports that at least one 
of the test missiles may have landed closer to Russia than to 
Japan, though commentators were divided on how to interpret 
those reports.  End summary. 
 
Russians React Firmly But Cautiously 
------------------------------------ 
 
2. (U)  The Russian Foreign Ministry released its official 
statement at 2:00 pm Moscow time to the DPRK's missile 
launches several hours prior.  (Note: The Embassy faxed a 
copy of the statement in Russian to the Operations Center. 
End Note.)  MFA spokesman Mikhail Kamynin had expressed an 
initial GOR reaction in interviews published by the news 
agencies Interfax and RIA Novosti as the day began.  Kamynin 
called the launches a "provocation (which) seriously 
complicates the situation surrounding the Korean nuclear 
program" and said they clearly harmed prospects for regional 
stability and confidence-buliding in the region. 
 
Diplomatic Efforts in Moscow 
---------------------------- 
 
3. (C)  We spoke the morning of July 5 with colleagues in the 
ROK, Japanese and Chinese embassies.  ROK political officer 
Jung Ben-hu told us that Ministers Ban and Lavrov had spoken 
by telephone at 11:00 a.m. Moscow time.  Jung was also 
attempting to arrange a meeting for himself with the MFA 
First Asia Department to reiterate the ROK position on the 
launch, which he said President Roh had already expressed 
publicly.  He said he would also ask the Russians whether 
they had had advance notice of the launches.  He said they 
had told him only a day earlier that they had no information 
that the DPRK planned to carry them out. 
 
4. (C)  Japanese political officer Jun Miura said a phone 
call between Ministers Aso and Lavrov had been arranged for 
early afternoon.  In the meantime, the Japanese ambassador, 
on instructions from Tokyo, had already spoken briefly with 
DFM Aleksandr Alekseyev.  The ambassador conveyed Tokyo's 
resolve for UNSC action "within a week" to denounce the 
launches.  Alekseyev reportedly responded that Russia's 
position on DPRK missile launches was well known, and that 
the MFA would be releasing a statement before the end of the 
day.  Our Japanese colleague said he had delivered the same 
message to the MFA International Organizations Department. 
 
5. (C)  Chinese Political Counselor Gui Tsunyu told us his 
last contact with the Russians on the launches was a meeting 
with MFA First Asia Department Deputy Director Aleksandr 
Timonin a week earlier.  Gui said Russia's and China's 
positions on a then-potential launch were the same.  He said 
there were no plans for Ministers Li and Lavrov to speak July 
5, and that China awaited the UNSC meeting later in the day 
in New York.  Gui conveyed Chinese reget over the launch. 
 
Further Press Coverage 
---------------------- 
 
7. (U)  Commentary in the Russian press on the launches 
appeared thoughout the day.  Several stories took note of 
reports that two of the DPRK missiles had been fired in the 
direction of the Russian Far East.  Some expressed alarm at 
Japanese reports that one of the rockets may have fallen 250 
km from the Russian city of Nakhodka.  In apparent response 
to these reports, MFA spokesman Kamynin stressed that "for 
our part, we are continuing to gather the information 
necessary to determine the precise location where the 
missiles came down.  We are preparing our official reaction 
accordingly."  No news report we saw accused the DPRK 
missiles of violating Russian airspace, though at least one 
said the missiles "infringed on our maritime economic zone." 
Several Duma Deputies, including Igor Barinov and 
International Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev 
were cited as saying the Russian military had not yet 
confirmed the missiles' landing points. 
 
8. (C)  One news outlet published comments by Federation 
Council International Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail 
Margelov, who called on the international community to give a 
"proportionate" reaction to the missile launches -- avoiding 
 
MOSCOW 00007084  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
attempts to isolate North Korea or "senseless sanctions or 
other 'punishments'" -- and for more dialogue with the DPRK, 
in which he said Russia and China would participate actively. 
BURNS

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