Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Russian Federation rejects U.S. call to cut ties with North Korea

Russian Federation rejects U.S. call to cut ties with North Korea

Russia's maneuvering into the North Korea crisis is more than just a single-serving of humiliation for the United States - it's indicative, said Armstrong, of a larger trend.

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

Top generals from the USA and Chinese armed forces met in Washington this week following North Korea's latest missile provocation.

"So part of [Russia's positioning] is to seem reasonable to South Korea and to ally with China against the USA and I think they are largely seen sympathetically by other countries as well, who are quite concerned with the direction in which the U.S".

"Americans must first of all explain to us what they are trying to achieve", Lavrov added.

"Let them say it directly... then we can take a decision about how to react", said Lavrov, who also rejected calls by Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, for Russian Federation to cut ties with Pyongyang, stopping the sale of oil products and deporting North Korean workers.

"We have never sought war with North Korea", she said.

The missile was topped with a "super-large heavy warhead" and is capable of striking the USA mainland, according to reports from North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

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"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 stated.

Mr Trump has been trying to apply more pressure on the hermit kingdom and re-designated them a state sponsor of terrorism, meaning the USA can enforce even more sanctions on Kim Jong-un's regime.

The two launches in July were categorized as KN-20s.

"We always think that this is going to be a conflict with the United States and South Korea and Japan on one side and North Korea on the other".

However South Korea's unification ministry cast doubt Friday on the North's claim it had mastered the technology to ensure a missile survives re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Germany was also demanding North Korea reduce its diplomatic presence in Germany.

Trump - who has traded barbs with Kim for months - asked Xi to use "all available levers" to press the hermit state.

The United States earlier this year pressed for a full oil embargo on North Korea but dropped that demand following resistance from China and Russian Federation.

Beijing has backed a slew of sanctions that include bans on imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and seafood.

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