Russian Federation accuses United States of 'provoking' North Korea

Russian Federation accuses United States of 'provoking' North Korea

Russian Federation accuses United States of 'provoking' North Korea

"The U.S. role in the world is visibly diminishing".

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.

After the emergency UNSC meeting last night, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. is provoking North Korea.

Commenting on the latest developments, Lavrov said it seems that the USA wants North Korea to resume the tests.

Russia's top diplomat ripped into the US on Friday for its "bloodthirsty tirade" against North Korea in the wake of the reclusive nation's latest ballistic missile test on Tuesday and warned any military action would be a "big mistake".

Last month, President Donald Trump said Russian Federation was hurting USA efforts to disarm the North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

"We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted", he told reporters in Minsk.

The stakes could scarcely be higher in the stand-off, after the USA warned that Kim Jong-Un's regime would be "utterly destroyed" if its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile arsenal provokes a military response.

North Korea has said that that Tuesday's test involved a new type of ICBM - designated the Hwasong-15. -South Korea military exercises planned for December, which he said "look created to deliberately provoke Pyongyang into taking new extreme action".

Mr Lavrov said the way the U.S. was handling the situation was dangerously provocative.

"We were encouraged by that approach, but suddenly they are conducting surprise military exercise in October, then November, now we announced in December", - said the Minister.

State news agency KCNA called its so-called new missile "the most powerful ICBM" and said it "meets the goal of the completion of the rocket weaponry system development".

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.

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.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Chang warned 2018 could see war break out as US President Donald Trump aims to pressure Kim Jong-un.

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