Russia Calls US Threat to Destroy N.Korea a 'Bloodthirsty Tirade'

Russia Calls US Threat to Destroy N.Korea a 'Bloodthirsty Tirade'

President Donald Trump frequently mentions China when talking about handling the North Korean crisis, and the editorial seemed to take issue with that.

"I strongly condemn the missile launch which North Korea carried out today".

Haley called on all nations to sever all ties with North Korea and continued with the warnings saying if China did not cut off its oil supply to North Korea, the USA would "take the oil situation into our own hands", suggesting further escalation of tensions in the region.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday (01/12) that a USA threat to destroy North Korea in the event of a war was "a bloodthirsty tirade" and that military action against Pyongyang would be a big mistake, Russian news agencies reported.

Calling for new talks with North Korea, Lavrov added: "We have already emphasised... 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".

Lavrov said Haley's call for the world to isolate North Korea was wrong.

Trump's name-calling and threats of wiping out the country of roughly 25 million have caused worry within his own administration and among North Korea's neighbors, such as China and South Korea, who continue to urge reaching a diplomatic solution with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

He said he was referring to joint US-South Korean military exercises planned for this month, which he said US officials had intimated to Russian Federation would not take place until spring to open a window for tensions to be defused.

"The latest United States action seemed to be directed towards provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action", he told journalists on Thursday.

North Korea claimed the new Hwasong-15 missile soared to an altitude of about 2,780 miles (4,475 km) and flew 590 miles (950km) during its 53-minute flight before landing in the sea new Japan.

Russian Federation has condemned the test, like others before it, as "a provocation", but Lavrov said the way the United States was handling the situation was dangerously provocative. The escalation in tensions came as a disappointment for Moscow, which is advocating a "double freeze" approach, in which North Korea halts missile and nuclear tests and the U.S. stops its military maneuvers. "We were hopeful about the approach, but then they stage [an] unscheduled exercise in October, then in November, and now they have declared they will have [a] large-scale unscheduled exercise in December". "They asked, the requested us, they spoke of the possibility of Russian Federation taking part in any settlement of the [Korean] issue", the lawmaker told TASS. Both countries, he said, are "concerned that the USA has not offered a diplomatic option", which increases the possibility of war, "and that would be a catastrophe for the whole region".

He also complained that the U.S. was "totally ignoring" a United Nations demand for talks with North Korea."I think it's a big mistake", said Mr Lavrov.

"The government does not think that North Korea's latest test demonstrated full capability for an ICBM, including the re-entry technology and a precision guidance system", spokeswoman Lee Eugene told journalists.

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

"The U.S. role is diminishing at the expense of China's expansion, and the more that the seen as an unreliable ally, a unsafe provocateur, the more China looks like a reasonable grownup in the region, even though there's a great deal of distrust of China by many Asian countries", said Armstrong.