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Russian diplomatic source: Korean Peninsula situation complicated but not hopeless

The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains complicated but it is not hopeless, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS on Monday.

"The situation is complicated. The main thing is not to allow it to deteriorate," the source said. "We hear different belligerent statements, and it is important not to allow the situation to get out of control. This is the most important thing," he added.

"The situation is complicated but it is not hopeless," the source said adding that "hope dies last."

He also reminded that the Russian side held several rounds of telephone consultations on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. "The main work is being conducted in New York now," the diplomat said.

Rallies in support of hydrogen bomb test in North Korea

Meanwhile, rallies reportedly continue in North Korea in support of the hydrogen bomb test carried out on January 6.

After a big rally in Pyongyang, similar events involving soldiers and officers of the Korean People's Army and civilians were held in Namp'o, in South Pyongan Province, and some other regions.

The demonstrators said North Korea will wipe the United States and its followers "off the face of the earth" if they unleash war on the Korean Peninsula.

The rallies called to launch a movement for implementing the tasks in the sphere of defense declared by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in his New Year's address.

North Korea announced last Wednesday that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The country's government said in a statement circulated by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the test had had "no adverse impacts on the environmental situation." Now, according to the statement, North Korea "possesses the strongest deterrent forces."

North Korea previously conducted three nuclear tests: in 2006, in 2009 and in 2013. Following these tests, the United Nations Security Council imposed various sanctions on Pyongyang. In the past two years, North Korea refrained from nuclear tests limiting itself to ballistic missile launches as a response to the US-South Korea large-scale military drills.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 11Jan16]

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