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Russian, North Korea Diplomats To Meet In Moscow On September 29

The launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on September 16

Moscow says Russian and North Korean diplomats will meet in Moscow on September 29 to discuss the Korean crisis.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on September 28 that Oleg Burmistrov, Russia's ambassador-at-large, will hold talks with Choe Son Hui, director-general of the North American department at North Korea's Foreign Ministry.

"During the consultations, opinions will be exchanged on the situation developing on the Korean Peninsula and in northeastern Asia,” Zakharova said, without providing further details.

Tensions have been on the rise recently over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, accompanied by an increasingly angry war of words between North Korea and the United States.

Addressing the UN General Assembly on September 25, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho accused U.S. President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down U.S. bombers, even if the warplanes were not in North Korea's airspace.

Washington called the accusation "absurd" and warned Pyongyang to stop provocations.

After North Korea’s latest and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions on the country.

Based on reporting by Reuters, TASS, and Interfax