Russian Federation calls U.S. threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'

Russian Federation calls U.S. threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'

The US has been consciously provoking North Korea to take action, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov alleged after Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile test. Moscow suspects the US wants a pretext to attack North Korea, he said.

Lavrov's statements come two days after North Korea launched a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that is capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

He added, however, that sanctions-Washington's go-to response to such situations-should not be a goal in themselves and should be used carefully to avoid worsening the humanitarian situation in North Korea.

Haley sternly warned North Korea's leadership saying it would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out.

Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later clarified that the United States is not seeking regime change in North Korea, but is focused on the "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

Lavrov said he was referring to joint U.S.

He continued to say that Ms Haley's speech to the UN Security Council meeting was "a really bloodthirsty tirade".

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"The latest United States action seemed to be directed towards provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action", he told journalists on Thursday.

North Korea, in an announcement broadcast on state TV, said this week it had successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile called Hwasong-15.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in October he would not certify that Tehran was complying with the 2015 deal and warned he might ultimately terminate it, accusing Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the accord.

"We were encouraged by that approach".

"We need China to do more", she said.

Mr Trump has been trying to apply more pressure on the hermit kingdom and re-designated them a state sponsor of terrorism, meaning the U.S. can enforce even more sanctions on Kim Jong-un's regime. "We regard this negatively", he said.

The air forces of the United States and South Korea are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill early next month with six U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighters taking part. "I reiterate my conviction that the time has come to increase pressure and sanctions [against Pyongyang]", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement Wednesday.

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