06MOSCOW11317, MOSCOW’S REACTION TO THE DPRK NUCLEAR TEST

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06MOSCOW11317 2006-10-09 11:28 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Moscow

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RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 1921
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RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 4038
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0274

S E C R E T MOSCOW 011317 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/09/2016 
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP UNSC KN RS
SUBJECT: MOSCOW'S REACTION TO THE DPRK NUCLEAR TEST 
 
REF: A. STATE 168337 
 
     B. MOSCOW 11169 
     C. MOSCOW 11280 
 
Classified By: DCM Daniel A. Russell.  Reasons 1.4 (b/d/h). 
 
1.  (S) The Ambassador met twice with Deputy Foreign Minister 
Alekseyev on October 9 to discuss North Korea's nuclear test 
and next steps.  Alekseyev said that Russia takes extremely 
seriously the test and Russia agrees that strong measures are 
warranted.  Alekseyev handed over a statement (text below) on 
the nuclear test that the Russian Government had just issued. 
 This is the approach that Putin looks forward to discussing 
later today with the President.  Alekseyev underlined that he 
was calling in the North Korean Ambassador to express concern 
and the Chinese Ambassador to coordinate positions. 
Alekseyev underlined that Russia understood the need for 
action in New York, but did not elaborate on what form 
exactly that should take.  Foreign Minister Lavrov planned to 
review options with Secretary Rice in their telephone 
conversation late today. 
 
2.  (SBU) Informal translation of October 9 statement by the 
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 
 
Disregarding the unified will of the international community, 
which is interested in the non-nuclear status of the Korean 
peninsula, a "successful underground nuclear test" was 
announced today in Pyongyang. 
 
Russia has repeatedly expressed the opinion that such a step, 
whatever its motivation, can only sharpen problems 
already existing on the Korean peninsula, creating a threat 
to peace, security, and stability in the region, and 
undercutting the nuclear non-proliferation regime. 
 
We demand that the DPRK immediately takes all steps to return 
to the NNPT and the renewal of the Six-Party talks. 
That will be our position at the UN Security Council. 
 
The Russian MFA calls on all affected countries in the 
current, complicated circumstances to demonstrate restraint. 
 
We are conducting a careful analysis of the situation and 
close consultations with many interested countries. 
End informal translation 
BURNS

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