Russia's Lavrov warns risk of North Korea escalation 'very high'

Russia's Lavrov Calls on North Korea and US to Let 'Common Sense' Prevail

He added he hoped "common sense will prevail", and said Russian Federation would not accept a nuclear North Korea.

Mr Lavrov said: "Unfortunately, the rhetoric in Washington and Pyongyang is now starting to go over the top". "Especially considering this rhetoric-direct threats to use force", Lavrov said. The Kim regime responded by threatening to attack the US territory of Guam, a small Pacific island that is home to key USA military installations. "We will continue an independent foreign policy". We will do whatever we can to prevent this "if".

Russia's air defense systems in the country's Far East region have been enhanced and put on a state of high alert in connection with the escalated situation around North Korea's recent missile tests, Russia's upper house of parliament lawmaker Viktor Ozerov told Sputnik on Friday.

"Of course, this concerns us very much", Lavrov said at a forum, adding that when it nearly comes to a fight "the first step away from danger should be taken by the stronger, smarter side".

He said: "If this double freezing finally takes place, then we can sit down and start from the very beginning - to sign a paper which will stress respect for the sovereignty of all those parties involved, including North Korea".

Russian Federation and China are calling on President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to back off the verbal attacks after a week of escalating rhetoric between the two leaders.

Given the recent escalation of tensions, these exercises might by the final straw for Kim Jong-un. "Together with China we have a whole host of suggestions aimed at not allowed a wider conflict there with a large casualty count".

After North Korea's fresh declaration of better nuclear capabilities, Russian Federation and China backed US sanctions on the regime last week.

"I see the need for enduring work at the UN Security Council.as well as tight cooperation between the countries involved, especially the United States and China".

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