Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov urges diplomatic solution to N. Korea crisis

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At a news conference Friday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov once again hit back on claims his country meddled in the 2016 USA election, saying his American counterpart failed to offer any proof of interference.

Russia's foreign minister said Friday the downturn in relations with the United States began with the Obama administration's "small-hearted" and "revengeful" actions and has plummeted further because of "Russo-phobic hysteria".

Mr Lavrov said the current N. Korea crisis is a very complicated, and if the United States will break the agreement and reinstate those unilateral sanctions against Iran, which were dropped under 2015 agreement, it will be a very wrong signal to North Korea. That led to other expulsions by Russian Federation in retaliation. Lavrov spoke in an interview with The Associated Press after his meeting late Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "However, no fact has been presented", Lavrov said, adding that there was also no presented evidence of the alleged Russian meddling in the elections in France and Germany.

As a result, "the enormous potential of our bilateral relations" isn't being realized and global issues aren't being solved because the US and Russian Federation can not coordinate, he said.

Russia's foreign minister has compared the war of words between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to a kindergarten fight between children. "It's simply unacceptable to sit back and look at nuclear military gambles of North Korea", but so, too, is it "unacceptable to start war on the peninsula". Kim Jong-un on Friday labeled the US president as "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" after Mr. Trump threatened to completely destroy North Korea.

"Right now, North Korea is being told, renounce nuclear weapons and we will lift the sanctions", Lavrov said.

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