Belief in the U.S.: China and Russia May Play a Role in Encouraging North Korea to Enter Negotiations.

China and Russia Send Delegations to North Korea, US Urges Their Role in Resuming Talks.

As delegations from China and Russia visit North Korea, the US State Department has underscored the importance of these two nations in facilitating a return to the negotiation table for North Korea. As permanent members of the UN Security Council, both countries hold potential influence over Pyongyang’s actions and should encourage it to refrain from provocative behavior. Additionally, the US remains open to engaging with North Korea without preconditions.

The statement comes as North Korea invites Chinese and Russian delegations to events marking the 70th anniversary of the armistice agreement signed in 1953, which brought an end to hostilities in the Korean War.

Planned Visits of Chinese and Russian Delegations to North Korea Indicate Strengthened Cooperation Amid Pandemic.

Observers note that the upcoming visits of the Chinese and Russian delegations mark the first known foreign trips to North Korea since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, signaling a closer alliance among the three nations.

China and Russia, as permanent members of the UN Security Council and staunch supporters of North Korea, have vetoed numerous attempts by the Council to impose sanctions on the country in response to its unprecedented missile provocations in the past year.

Throughout 2022, Pyongyang conducted a record-breaking 69 ballistic missile launches, defying Security Council resolutions that banned the development and use of ballistic missile technology.

During the same period, North Korea carried out 12 tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the latest one on July 12.

Vedant Patel, the Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Department, reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to diplomatic channels.

“Our stance has remained consistent, and we are open to engaging with Pyongyang without preconditions, upholding our commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” emphasized Patel.

Furthermore, there are concerns that Russia’s actions, particularly its war against Ukraine, have emboldened North Korea to pursue its missile and nuclear program, leading to increased threats against the United States and South Korea.