Citing unidentified US officials, the Washington Post reported last week that Russian Federation invited Choe to "feel out Pyongyang as to a possible resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea".
Russian and North Korean officials will meet in Moscow yesterday to discuss the North Korea crisis, a move welcomed by the United States, which has been locked in am increasingly heated war of words with Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.
The Russian Foreign Ministry made the announcement in a statement issued on Friday after a meeting between Russian ambassador-at-large Oleg Burmistrov and Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea's Foreign Ministry.
"Diplomacy is our preferred approach", Nauert told a regular briefing.
A key senator in Russia's Federation Council has declared that any U.S. attempt to wage war against North Korea would be assessed by Moscow as an "openly hostile" action towards Russia, due to the fact that Russia and North Korea share a border.
Russian Federation has been quietly aiding North Korea via a web of shell companies on the border with the Stalinist state.
President Donald Trump's rhetoric towards North Korea could lead to "devastating consequences, not only for North Korea, but for the whole of human civilization", according to a top Russian senator, Newsweek reports. "War on the Korean peninsula will have no victor".
A senior official from South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, admitted that Pyongyang was seeking stronger ties with Moscow, but said the government hadn't detected any signs yet that the ultimate goal was to reach out to Washington.
"Russia is the most important country in resolving emergency situations such as the North's nuclear problem that are in the way to the reunification of the Korean Peninsula and mediating between the interests of the US and China", South Korea's next ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun said at a conference on Korea-Russia relations in Seoul on Friday, quoted in Yonhap.