Russia accuses US of trying to provoke North Korea | Nigeria Newspaper- Nigeria News| Naija News

1.12.17

Russia accuses US of trying to provoke North Korea

By

Russia accuses US of trying to provoke North Korea
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of trying to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile programme.
He rejected a call by the American envoy to the UN Security Council to sever ties with North Korea, after its latest ballistic missile test on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the North tested its first missile in two months, saying the continental US was now within striking distance.
Russia accuses US of trying to provoke North Korea
However, Russia argues sanctions do not work and advocates negotiations instead.
The US has warned that North Korea's government will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out.
Speaking on a visit to the Belarussian capital Minsk, Mr Lavrov asked whether America was actively seeking to destroy North Korea.
He said:
"One gets the impression that everything has been done on purpose to make Kim Jong-un snap and carry out further inadvisable actions," he said.
"If they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea, as the US envoy said at the UN Security Council, then let them say it outright and let the supreme American leadership confirm it."
Calling for new talks with North Korea, Mr Lavrov added:
"We have already emphasised several times 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.
"But the Americans completely ignore this requirement and I consider this a big mistake."
Other than China, Russia is one of the few countries with which North Korea still has good relations. Both Russia and China wield a veto at the UN Security Council.

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Latest News