After Pyongyang's most recent missile launch a Hwasong-15 missile on Wednesday, Trump responded with an uncharacteristically restrained "We'll handle [it]" before returning to his typical rhetoric, calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "sick puppy" at a rally in Missouri.
Speaking on a visit to the Belarussian capital Minsk, Mr Lavrov asked whether America was actively seeking to destroy North Korea.
The Russian minister strongly condemned comments made by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who earlier this week warned North Korea's leadership it would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out after Pyongyang test-fired its most advanced missile.
"The latest US actions look created to deliberately provoke Pyongyang into taking new extreme action", Lavrov told reporters in Belarus, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry transcript. We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted.
None of these US measures has served to deter North Korea from testing its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
He continued to say that Ms Haley's speech to the UN Security Council meeting was "a really bloodthirsty tirade".
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External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet that the two ministers discussed issues of mutual interest. The meeting came a day before the inauguration of the Chabahar port in Iran by the country's President Hassan Rouhani.
China has imposed trading sanctions on the nation yet Kim has not stopped. "Since then, Pyongyang had refrained from military provocations for 75 days awaiting reciprocal steps from the United States, which, instead of meeting [North Korea] halfway, announced large-scale surprise military drills".
"The Americans need to explain what they are aiming for".
China and Russian Federation are among the few states with which North Korea still has good relations.
She told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that if war comes as a result of further acts of "aggression" like the latest launch "make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed". He deplored the USA refusal to engage in talks with North Korea and noted that a series of military drills by the US and its allies in the region fueled tensions.
"We regard this negatively", Lavrov said.
Just days ago Russian Royal Marines were deployed to the North Korean border.
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".
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