Russia Calls US Threat to Destroy N.Korea a 'Bloodthirsty Tirade'

Mr Trump has been trying to apply more pressure on the hermit kingdom and re-designated them a state sponsor of terrorism, meaning the USA can enforce even more sanctions on Kim Jong-un's regime.

The test-fired missile is a Hwasong-15 that is an updated version of an earlier missile, which suggests North Korea has improved its ability to strike the USA mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, 38 North, a website that monitors and analyzes North Korea, reported after the launch.

Talks between Russian and North Korean officials came after the launch of the rogue state's longest-range missile this week.

Lavrov said he was referring to joint U.S.

"We were encouraged by that approach".

"Americans must first of all explain to us what they are trying to achieve", Lavrov added.

Russia Thursday 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". "We have already said many times that sanctions pressure has exhausted itself".

Russia's top diplomat ripped into the US on Friday for its "bloodthirsty tirade" against North Korea in the wake of the reclusive nation's latest ballistic missile test on Tuesday and warned any military action would be a "big mistake". "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. "We regard this negatively", he said. Pictured: Lavrov (left) meeting President Donald Trump in May.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry also raised "serious" concern about North Korea's new missile launch that violated the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

"We now turn to (China's) President Xi (Jinping) to also take that stand", she said.

China, meanwhile, unveiled its powerful new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, likely ready for deployment in 2018, the timing of which Armstrong said could be meant to "both, dissuade the North Koreans from continuing down this path and to tell the Americans that the Chinese are dealing with it in their own way".

North Korea also published photographs of the new ICBM.

  • Joey Payne