Russian Federation condemns North Korean latest missile launch
- Author: Tracy Klein Dec 02, 2017,
Dec 02, 2017, 0:34
Lavrov also rejected a US call to cut ties with North Korea in response to Pyongyang's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Russian Federation accused the United States on Thursday of trying to provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into "flying off the handle" over his missile programme to hand Washington a pretext to destroy his country.
"It's as if the recent actions of the U.S. are consciously directed to provoke Pyongyang towards other radical actions".
Haley called on all nations to sever all ties with North Korea and continued with the warnings saying if China did not cut off its oil supply to North Korea, the US would "take the oil situation into our own hands", suggesting further escalation of tensions in the region. "Let them say it directly. then we can take a decision about how to react", said Lavrov.
The Russians - who, according to Armstrong, "realize that the U.S.is increasingly isolated on the North Korean issue" - are also strengthening their alignment with China, North Korea's top trading partner.
While Russia condemned North Korea's latest missile test, Lavrov also raised concerns about the large-scale U.S.
Tillerson's remarks echo those made on Wednesday by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who stressed that the nations of the world "have it within our power to further isolate, diminish and, God willing, reverse the risky course of the North Korean regime". However, under pressure from the United States, China in September has agreed to reduce shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea under 2 million barrels per day.
Mr Lavrov said the way the United States was handling the situation was dangerously provocative. "That's why we are interested in a political and diplomatic solution".
Earlier, the President of the United States Donald trump announced that Washington will impose new sanctions against Pyongyang in response to another missile test.
"We have never sought war with North Korea", she said.