US Battles For Global Push On N.Korea Amid Russia, China Doubts

A man looks at a TV screen broadcasting news of North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo Wednesday Nov. 29 2017. After 2 months of relative peace North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet early Wednesday a presumed intercontinental ballist

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed the call by the US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley to sever ties with North Korea and said "sanctions do not work".

"The recent US actions seemed to be deliberately aimed at provoking Pyongyang to take new sharp actions", Lavrov said, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement.

Commenting on the latest developments, Lavrov said it seems that the U.S. wants North Korea to resume the tests.

"First thing, President Donald Trump's strangulation campaign, to cut off money flows to North Korea will actually have a great effect on the regime".

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While addressing the United Nations, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley had stated that the U.S. would utterly destroy North Korea if it had to engage Military action in resolving the ongoing crisis.

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. USA officials had initially said that the exercises would be delayed until spring in order to allow for the tensions to ease.

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.

"We are really asking them please restrain more oil, not take it off completely - that was the most effective tool the last time North Korea came to the table was cutting the oil off", Tillerson told reporters.

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Kim said the test of the Hwasong-15 weapons system had helped his country achieve the goal of becoming a full nuclear power, sparking global condemnation.

"We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it". "We have already said many times that sanctions pressure has exhausted itself". We do think they could do more with the oil.

However, Lavrov said Russian Federation perceived the US move as "negative" and claimed sanction pressure on North Korea had been "exhausted". "We were hopeful about the approach, but then they stage [an] unscheduled exercise in October, then in November, and now they have declared they will have [a] large-scale unscheduled exercise in December".

"I think it's a big mistake", said Lavrov.

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"Our diplomats will speak from a position of strength because we do have military options", he said.

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