Moscow ready to act as mediator between US, North Korea, says Kremlin

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Kremlin says Russia open to mediating between US and North Korea to reduce tensions

Russian Federation is ready to act as a mediator between North Korea and the United States if both parties are willing for it to play such a role, the Kremlin says.

"Russia's readiness to clear the way for de-escalation is obvious", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly told reporters during a phone call.

Last week Russian Federation and China voted in favor of a USA -proposed measure in the U.N. Security Council to impose additional economic sanctions on North Korea as part of an escalating effort to clamp down on that country's nuclear program.

Russian Federation has long urged for the two states to come to the negotiating table and diplomatically work to reduce tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile weapons development program, which the rogue nation continues to pursue despite harsh sanctions from the United Nations.

"It was underlined that it is necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible", the statement said, adding that it was Tillerson who initiated the call.

South Korea also offered an optimistic prediction on Tuesday, saying North Korea may be willing in the new year to engage in talks with the U.S., Reuters reported.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been trading words against each other as the country slowly inches towards achieving nuclear missile capability.

Russia, which now talks of mediating the negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, supported the sanctions in the UN.

Separately, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that Washington was "ready to talk anytime" with North Korea "without precondition", but emphasized that "the diplomatic effort has to be backed up by a very credible military alternative".

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