According to Russia’s TASS news agency, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said that Moscow cannot turn a blind eye to the possibility of an “apocalyptic” development on the Korean Peninsula and stressed that the crisis between North Korea and the US can only be solved through a dialogue.

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According to a report by the Moscow-based TASS news agency, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov warned about the “apocalyptic” development on the Korean Peninsula during a speech at the annual Valadi International Discussion club in Seoul on Monday. Morgulov emphasized that Russia cannot ignore the current crisis.

Morgulov said that Moscow has repeatedly told Pyongyang that its nuclear program is unacceptable. According to the report, Morgulov explained that Russia is actively working with North Korea in order to ensure that its current restraint is maintained. The deputy foreign minister also claimed that Russia has presented both the US and North Korea with a roadmap plan to solve the crisis, though both countries have yet to address it.

Morgulov stressed that the crisis on the Korean Peninsula cannot be solved by putting pressure on the isolated dictatorship, an act that he said may lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. Instead, he told those present that he believes that a dialogue between the sides is the sole way to solve the crisis. Morgulov also spoke negatively about the current joint drills that are being carried out by the US and its allies in the region and expressed Moscow’s hope that they would be reduced.

As reported by JOL last week, European researchers recently published a report claiming they have identified potential targets for a nuclear attack by North Korea. According to the researchers, North Korea is likely to target, Seoul, US bases in the Asia-Pacific region, the White House, the Pentagon and Manhattan as well as major Japanese cities.