http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/07/09/wkorea09.xml If Russian official openly speaks about it then could it be regarded as a 'secret offer'? They would keep silence and sniff the Gas pipe. As to Washington then its rant could be ignored. If North Korea in fact has nuclear weapons then it would be in common intersts to suppy it with reliable systems to strore it. Aslo, N.Korea is too close to Russia and it would be better to have good relation with this no doubt a strange state.