Russian Federation rejects USA call to cut ties with North Korea

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The United States as if deliberately wanted to provoke Pyongyang into "a new sharp actions", said foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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 USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation yesterday accused the United States of trying to provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into "flying off the handle" over his missile programme to hand Washington a pretext to destroy his country.

Top generals from the U.S. and Chinese armed forces met in Washington this week following North Korea's latest missile provocation.

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

"We perceived this negatively", Lavrov told journalists in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, commenting on Washington's statement on the need to cut ties with North Korea.

Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later clarified that the United States is not seeking regime change in North Korea, but is focused on the "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

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Haley said during her speech at the United Nations headquarter that President Trump has called President Xi to stop all oil shipments to North Korea.

North Korea tested a missile this week that experts believe showed that the rogue regime could launch an attack that reaches the U.S. mainland, spiking concerns that the country may soon be able to attach a miniaturized nuclear weapon to one of those missiles.

"We were encouraged by that approach, but suddenly they are conducting surprise military exercise in October, then November, now we announced in December", - said the Minister. "We do not see any reasonable alternative to it", it said. However, under pressure from the United States, China in September has agreed to reduce shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea under 2 million barrels per day. Haley accused Kim Jong Un of bringing the world "closer to war" with its recent missile test.

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 Americans should start with explaining their intentions to us all".

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