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North Korea Crisis

Russia steps up as go-between on North Korea

Moscow sees rogue state as key to mending fences with Washington

TOMOYO OGAWA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

MOSCOW -- Russia has been setting up a number of high-profile meetings with North Korean officials, positioning itself as an intermediary for negotiations with the isolated state in a bid to improve Moscow's strained relations with the U.S.

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