USA military says North Korea launched new ICBM

Saul Bowman
December 2, 2017

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".

"If they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea, as the United States envoy said at the UN Security Council, then let them say it outright and let the supreme American leadership confirm it".

After the emergency UNSC meeting last night, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. is provoking North Korea.

"We see this negatively", Lavrov told journalists in the Belarusian capital Minsk, Russian news agencies reported. "We have already said many times that sanctions pressure has exhausted itself".

Russia's maneuvering into the North Korea crisis is more than just a single-serving of humiliation for the United States - it's indicative, said Armstrong, of a larger trend.

What the Chinese must do, and do soon, is remove their "puppet" in North Korea, says Frank Gaffney, a national security analyst who served in the Reagan administration and now heads the Center for Security Policy.

He urged the acceptance of a proposal made jointly by China and Russian Federation that would require North Korea to suspend nuclear activity and the USA and South Korea to halt joint military exercises in order to pave the way for talks.

While in Rome on Friday, Lavrov said Haley was "playing with fire" with her recent remarks, which he described as a "bloodthirsty tirade". The regime has claimed it can now strike the entire USA mainland with a "super-large heavy warhead".

In its response to the U.S. request for an embargo, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country had "always implemented full, comprehensive, serious and strict resolutions". On Wednesday, the US will impose additional sanctions on North Korea in the wake of Pyongyang's new missile launch, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter following his conversation with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

He also complained that the United States was "totally ignoring" a U.N. demand for talks with North Korea.

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