The United States urged the world "to put pressure" on North Korea

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday called for other countries to sever all ties with Pyongyang, including cutting trade links and expelling North Korean workers.

"The latest USA actions look created to deliberately provoke Pyongyang into taking new extreme action", Lavrov told reporters in Belarus, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry transcript.

At the Security Council meeting, China and Russia called for restraint from both sides, with Russian UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya saying that the only way to prevent Pyongyang from becoming a nuclear power is through "tireless diplomatic efforts".

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have flared after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday in a "breakthrough" that put the US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

Calling for new talks with North Korea, Mr Lavrov added: "We have already emphasised several times that the squeeze of sanctions has essentially come to an end, and that those resolutions which introduced the sanctions should have included a requirement to renew the political process, a requirement to renew talks".

Senator Franz Klintsevich, the deputy head of Russia's Defense and Security Committee, said on Wednesday that North Korea is bluffing about having developed intercontinental ballistic missile technology-and even if they have, their missile program "does not threaten Russian Federation", so Russia does not need to do anything about it.

"The Americans need to explain to us all if they want to find a pretext to destroy North Korea".

US President Donald Trump said in October he would not certify that Tehran was complying with the 2015 deal and warned he might ultimately terminate it, accusing Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the accord.

China is a historic ally and North Korea's most important trading partner, and Pyongyang is thought to depend on China for much of its oil supplies.

Russian Federation says it opposes a USA push for further isolation of North Korea after its recent missile test. "I think this is a big mistake", Lavrov told reporters. But he said the United States will be announcing the sanctions once they're "ready to roll out".

Just days ago Russian Royal Marines were deployed to the North Korean border. "We regard this negatively", he said.

Moscow condemned the North Korean test as "a provocation", but Lavrov accused the United States of trying to provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into "flying off the handle" and taking "new extreme action". He said the USA has a "long list of additional potential sanctions".

None of these Russian critics have explained how diplomatic arguments are supposed to persuade North Korea to give up a nuclear missile program it has almost completed after decades of effort, plus enormous costs imposed by the sanctions it has already weathered.



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