Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping are calling on the U.S. to sign up to a de-escalation plan for the Korean peninsula ahead of the G20 summit later this week. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday (July 4) and called on North Korea, South Korea and the United States to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse tensions over Pyongyang's missile programme. The plan would see North Korea suspend its ballistic missile programme and the United States and South Korea simultaneously call a moratorium on large-scale missile exercises, both moves aimed at paving the way for multilateral talks. The initiative was set out in a joint statement from the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping held wide-ranging talks in the Kremlin. Russia and China both share a land border with North Korea and have been involved in past efforts to try to calm tensions between Pyongyang and the West.