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Russian foreign minister says North Korea ready to restart nuclear talks

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes North Korea's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Choe earlier, with the special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a letter from Kim. No further details were given. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes North Korea's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Choe earlier, with the special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a letter from Kim. No further details were given. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens during his meeting with North Korea's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Choe, the special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who delivered a letter from Kim. No further details were given. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens during his meeting with North Korea's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Choe, the special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who delivered a letter from Kim. No further details were given. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Korea's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae arrives for his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Choe, the special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who delivered a letter from Kim. No further details were given. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    North Korea's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae arrives for his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Choe, the special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who delivered a letter from Kim. No further details were given. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

Russia's foreign minister says that North Korea is ready to resume international talks on its nuclear program.

Sergey Lavrov spoke Thursday after meeting with Choe Ryong Hae, a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Choe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin Earlier this week to deliver a letter from Kim.

Lavrov said Kim's letter confirmed a desire to expand bilateral ties and "cooperate on settling the problems that still remain on the Korean Peninsula." He said Pyongyang is ready to restart the six-way nuclear talks without preconditions on the basis of a joint statement issued in 2005. The talks were halted in 2009.

Lavrov said Pyongyang is also ready to consider a Russian project of building a gas pipeline to South Korea via its territory.