'Bloodthirsty tirade': Russian FM decries USA threats to destroy North Korea

'Bloodthirsty tirade': Russian FM decries USA threats to destroy North Korea

Russian Federation today rejected a United States call to cut ties with Pyongyang, suggesting Washington has been doing everything to prompt North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to "lose it". The proposal called for North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile tests, in return for the USA giving up on joint military drills with South Korea in the region, but it was rejected by Washington.

Lavrov also spoke of having "the impression over the last two months that there is someone in Washington who wants to provoke new actions" by North Korea.

Tensions have been on the rise on the Korean Peninsula in recent months as Pyongyang keeps pursuing its nuclear program and missile testing despite global sanctions and condemnation, while the United States and its allies intensify drills near the North Korean borders.

Russian Federation condemns the provocative actions of the United States with regard to North Korea, as well as Washington's attempts to involve Tokyo and Seoul in provocations, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated, adding that Japan and South Korea "will become the first victims in case of the outbreak of a war on the Korean peninsula".

"China would defend North Korea because it's an ally and because it's in China's strategic interests to have an allied Communist state as a buffer state rather than a Korean peninsula unified under a South Korean flag", she said.

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"The Americans need to explain what they are aiming for".

The Kremlin yesterday called the latest missile test a "provocative action" and appealed for calm on all sides.

"If war comes, make no mistake: the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added.

"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.

The North Koreans "believe that they have reached parity not in the amount of strength, but in capabilities and think that now they can sit at the negotiating table without listening to constant threats and insults from the U.S.", deputy chair of Russia's upper house Committee for International Relations, Senator Aleksey Chepa, told Interfax. "No one can doubt that this threat is growing".

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