US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed to continue diplomatic efforts to resolve North Korea's nuclear program, stressing that neither Washington nor Moscow accepts the DPRK as a nuclear power, spokesperson of the State Department Heather Neuert reported at a briefing.

The heads of the diplomatic departments of Russia and the US discussed on the phone on Tuesday the increase in violence in the east of Ukraine. Tillerson requested Russia "to reduce the level of violence" in eastern Ukraine, Neuert said.

During the telephone conversation, the crisis in Syria was also discussed, she added. As a result of the conversation, the State Department issued a message describing the content of the discussion.

The text of the message of the State Department notes that Lavrov and Tillerson will “continue to work toward a diplomatic solution to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula. On Syria, they discussed the importance of supporting the Geneva process to achieve a peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict as called for in the Joint Statement made by Presidents Trump and Putin in DaNang, Vietnam."

Stressing the US concern over the growing clashes in eastern Ukraine, the Secretary of State requested Russia to return its representatives to the Joint Center on Coordination and Control and reduce the level of violence.

Source: Radio Liberty