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Washington Post: Russia secretly proposed North Korea to build nuclear power plants in exchange for nuclear disarmament

The Russian ambassador to Pyongyang: “Isn’t it a little expensive to capture the not very rich North Korean market?”

Russia secretly proposed the DPRK to build a nuclear power plant in exchange for abandoning nuclear and ballistic weapons. This is the information of The Washington Post with reference to US officials.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, Russia offered to become the operator of a new NPP and take all the secondary waste to itself. It was assumed that this could reduce the risk that Pyongyang would use the station for the production of nuclear weapons.

According to the publication, the Kremlin announced such a proposal in October 2018 in order to help the Donald Trump administration to resolve the crisis in the negotiations on the Pyongyang nuclear program. However, US intelligence learned about it only by the end of December. About how the negotiations ended, is not yet known.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in a conversation with TASS, explained that the ministry would study The Washington Post publication and give comments if “there are grounds” for them. Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora told TASS that the construction would have cost several billion dollars: “Is it expensive to capture the not very rich North Korean market?“.

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