Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Geneva, Switzerland
September 8, 2016

QUESTION: Gentlemen, your thoughts on the North Korea missile test?

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, I talked – I talked this morning with Foreign Ministers Kishida and Yun, and we had a serious conversation about it. Obviously, Japan and South Korea particularly are deeply concerned because of the neighborhood, but I think it’s fair to say that China and Russia and the United States, everybody here is concerned, but we’re trying still to monitor and to find out precisely what took place. And at the appropriate moment today, I am confident President Obama will address this, and we will certainly be discussing this in the context of the United Nations I’m sure.

FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: I am also going to talk to Minister Kishida this morning when we have some break in these negotiations. We’re very much concerned, and the resolutions from the Security Council must be implemented and we will send this message very strongly.