The US deliberately provoke North Korea for a new adventure - Lavrov

Casey Dawson
December 2, 2017

Haley accused Kim Jong Un of bringing the world "closer to war" with its recent missile test.

Haley earlier this week warned North Korea's leadership it would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out after Pyongyang test fired its most advanced missile, putting the United States mainland within range, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

The North Korean regime launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Wednesday with Kim Jong-un declaring they had "finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".

"We were encouraged by that approach. Let them say it directly. then we can take a decision about how to react", said Lavrov.

A call on all countries to severe ties with North Korea over its continued missile activities made by the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley has been rejected by Russian Federation. "We do think they could do more with the oil, and we're really asking them to please restrain more of the oil - not cut it off completely".

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

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Calling for new talks with North Korea, Lavrov added: "We have already emphasised... that the squeeze of sanctions has essentially come to an end, and that those resolutions which introduced the sanctions should have included a requirement to renew the political process, a requirement to renew talks".

"We regard this negatively", Lavrov said. Haley said that President Donald Trump had called Xi and asked him to cut off oil supplies to North Korea.

"The Chinese envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man", Mr Trump said.

China, meanwhile, unveiled its powerful new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, likely ready for deployment in 2018, the timing of which Armstrong said could be meant to "both, dissuade the North Koreans from continuing down this path and to tell the Americans that the Chinese are dealing with it in their own way".

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed the Hwasong-15 was "tipped with super-large heavy warhead which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the US".

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