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North Korean, Iranian nuclear programs: two different stories

Asia Times
September 19, 2017
By Emanuele Scimia

China and Russia are seeking help from the European Union to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea nuclear conundrum. But if they think the EU bloc and its core member states can take a leadership role in negotiating a deal with Pyongyang, as they did during talks with Iran over its nuclear program two years ago, they are just wrong. Moscow and Beijing are intensifying contacts with France and Germany, the two most powerful EU countries, in an attempt to internationalize the crisis. In a phone conversation on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic-missile programs could be halted only through political and diplomatic means
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