Russian Federation accuses USA of provoking Kim Jong Un

Russian Federation accuses USA of provoking Kim Jong Un

Russia Thursday rejected a USA call to cut ties with Pyongyang, suggesting Washington has been doing everything to prompt North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to "lose it".

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said United States comments about North Korea amounted to a "really bloodthirsty tirade".

"We see this negatively", he told journalists in the Belarusian capital Minsk.

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. "Let them say it directly. then we can take a decision about how to react", said Mr Lavrov. But Russia, which is masterfully edging the USA out of relevance in Syria, is now making more muscular statements on Trump's diplomatic shortcomings with North Korea, including his calls to further isolate the regime.

He said: "North Korea will be unsafe in about nine months or so because then two things are going to happen at the same time".

Talks between Russian and North Korean officials came after the launch of the rogue state's longest-range missile this week.

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As Trump and Kim have traded insults and threats from across the globe, North Korea has stubbornly refused to step away from its nuclear program despite mounting pressure from the worldwide community.

At the Council meeting convened at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea, Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said the missile launched on Wednesday had travelled about 950 kilometres before falling into the sea in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The U.S. has for months insisted that more radical measures be taken against the North Korean regime, but Beijing has been reluctant to step up the pressure too much, wary of bringing a refugee crisis on its own head in case of an open military conflict in the region.

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.

In its response to the USA request for an embargo, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country had "always implemented full, comprehensive, serious and strict resolutions".

"The Americans need to explain to us all if they want to find a pretext to destroy North Korea".

North Korea also published photographs of the new ICBM.

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