Russian Federation blasts U.S. for threatening to utterly destroy North Korea

Russian Federation blasts U.S. for threatening to utterly destroy North Korea

In some of his most robust comments on the subject to date, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also flatly rejected a U.S. call, made earlier in the day, to cut ties with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programme and said USA policy towards North Korea was deeply flawed.

Haley's warning comes on the heels of the third intercontinental missile test launch that North Korea announced earlier this week, claiming now its missiles can hit any location in the United States.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the US representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea.then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Lavrov told reporters.

The United States is battling to maintain global solidarity in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat after Russian Federation warned that sanctions have failed and China side-stepped talk of an oil embargo.

Yesterday, Washington warned that North Korea's leadership will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out as it called on countries to cut all diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea.

"We condemn this launch and hope that all relevant parties will be able to remain calm that is very necessary to avoid worst-case scenario on the Korean Peninsula", Peskov was quoted as saying by Russia's official news agency TASS.

Mr Lavrov said the way the United States was handling the situation was dangerously provocative.

Lavrov said Haley's call for the world to isolate North Korea was wrong.

"The latest US actions look created to deliberately provoke Pyongyang into taking new extreme action", Lavrov told reporters in Belarus, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry transcript.

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Chinese oil supplies to the pariah state are its lifeline, which is why they have been the topic of negotiations between the USA and China ever since Pyongyang started testing nuclear ballistic missiles.

While Russia condemned North Korea's latest missile test, Lavrov also raised concerns about the large-scale U.S.

Russian Federation on Wednesday condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

In a tit-for-tat war of words with Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the United States president called Kim a "madman" while the Korea leader dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

"We were encouraged by that approach".

"But the Americans completely ignore this requirement and I consider this a big mistake".

"Our diplomats will speak from a position of strength because we do have military options", he said.

"That was the most effective tool the last time the North Koreans came to the table, was cutting the oil off", Tillerson said, referring to the denuclearization talks that began after China suspended its oil supply in 2003.

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