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Russian presidential decree on DPRK sanctions not to effect six-party talks: official

2010-04-02 02:25:46 GMT2010-04-02 10:25:46 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The presidential decree on sanctions against Pyongyang will not affect the resumption of the six-party talks, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin on Thursday.

The decree signed by President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday implementing intensified United Nations Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang's nuclear programs is an internal procedure of the country, Borodavkin told the Itar-Tass news agency.

"Moscow implemented and continues to complement resolution 1874. It is our internal procedure, which was realized as the decree by the Russian president came out," said the diplomat.

"As for the resumption of six-party talks, the decree cannot affect them in any way," he said.

Meanwhile, the resolution also said if the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) takes real actions towards denuclearization, the regime of sanctions may be revised, he noted.

Tuesday's presidential decree banned purchase of weapons and relevant materials from the DPRK by government offices, enterprises, banks, organizations and individuals currently under Russia's jurisdiction.

It also prohibited the transit of weapons and relevant materials via Russian territory and exporting them to the DPRK.

Any financial aid and educational training that might facilitate Pyongyang's nuclear program and proliferation activities were forbidden as well.

The UN Security Council on June 12, 2009 unanimously adopted the Resolution 1874 condemning Pyongyang's underground nuclear test on May 25, and beefing up economic sanctions against the country.

The DPRK has rejected the resolution and announced its withdrawal from the six-nation negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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