Russian Federation calls USA threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has rejected the U.S. call to cut ties with North Korea after Pyongyang launched ballistic missiles on Wednesday.

The US Department of Defense after an initial assessment of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) fired by North Korea said the missile is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and could reach the mainland of the United States.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the U.S. representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea. then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Mr Lavrov said, according to Russian news agencies. "Russian Federation and China condemned the launch".

"It's as if the recent actions of the United States are consciously directed to provoke Pyongyang towards other radical actions", Russia's top diplomat said.

On Wednesday, Washington warned that North Korea's leadership will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out as it called on countries to cut all diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea.

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

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Trump has praised China - a close ally of Pyongyang - for its efforts to put pressure on North Korea.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev admitted that Pyongyang's behaviour put Russia at risk, noting that Russia will not allow military action against North Korea.

"We were encouraged by that approach. They've proposed a freeze-for-freeze solution a number of times, in which the US would suspend its military exercises in exchange for North Korea suspending its missile testing and nuclear development", Armstrong told ThinkProgress.

"So part of [Russia's positioning] is to seem reasonable to South Korea and to ally with China against the US 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".

"That was the most effective tool the last time the North Koreans came to the table, was cutting the oil off", Tillerson said, referring to the denuclearization talks that began after China suspended its oil supply in 2003.

In its response to the United States request for an embargo, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country had "always implemented full, comprehensive, serious and strict resolutions". We do think they could do more with the oil.

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