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Nth Korea open to talks if 'recognised' by US

Nth Korea open to talks if 'recognised' by US”

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has rejected the U.S. call to cut ties with North Korea after Pyongyang launched ballistic missiles on Wednesday.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the U.S. representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea.then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", said Lavrov, the Russian news agencies reported. "Russian Federation and China are coming in to fill the gap", Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, told ThinkProgress.

"It's as if the recent actions of the United States are consciously directed to provoke Pyongyang towards other radical actions", Russia's top diplomat said.

A call on all countries to severe ties with North Korea over its continued missile activities made by the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley has been rejected by Russian Federation.

At the Council meeting convened at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea, Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said the missile launched on Wednesday had travelled about 950 kilometres before falling into the sea in Japan's exclusive economic zone. The Americans, he said, "should explain to us all what they're after".

The remarks are a blatant smack in the face for US President Donald Trump who warned any nation with economic connections to North Korea would be punished, and could push the globe closer to full-scale war.

As Trump and Kim have traded insults and threats from across the globe, North Korea has stubbornly refused to step away from its nuclear program despite mounting pressure from the global community. And then suddenly. they announced large-scale exercises in December. "They've proposed a freeze-for-freeze solution a number of times, in which the USA would suspend its military exercises in exchange for North Korea suspending its missile testing and nuclear development", Armstrong told ThinkProgress.

"We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted".

Mr Lavrov said the way the U.S. was handling the situation was dangerously provocative. China's Deputy Permanent Representative Wu Haitao in effect rejected any new sanctions suggested by Haley, saying that Beijing was committed to finding a diplomatic solution.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula escalated Wednesday after the North launched its new intercontinental ballistic missile.



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