Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Russian Federation calls U.S. threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'

Russian Federation calls U.S. threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the US representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea.then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", the Russian foreign minister warned.

The North Koreans want recognition above all else. "We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted".

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that a USA threat to destroy North Korea in the event of a war was "a bloodthirsty tirade" and military action against Pyongyang would be a big mistake. US officials had initially said that the exercises would be delayed until spring in order to allow for the tensions to ease. And then suddenly. they announced large-scale exercises in December. "We have the impression that it was all done specially to get Kim Jong Un to "fly off the handle" and 'take another reckless step, '" he said, according to Reuters. Mr Lavrov said Ms Haley's call for the world to isolate North Korea was wrong. It's time for serious negotiations, since a USA pre-emptive strike would lead to nuclear exchange and is unthinkable. 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.

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"If they are looking for a reason to destroy North Korea, then they should say it straight and the American leadership should confirm it", Lavrov said in remarks released by the foreign ministry. While Armstrong calls "the Syria situation" - wherein Russian Federation is setting the scene for what post-war Syria will look like with Iran, Turkey, and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad - "disturbing and quite embarrassing for the U.S", he said the manner in which the U.S.is being sidelined in Asia is "even more stark".

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