Russian Federation positioning itself to make United States irrelevant in North Korean nuclear crisis

Posted December 02, 2017

The United States as if deliberately wanted to provoke Pyongyang into "a new sharp actions", said foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian media reports that Pyongyang has again said it is willing to negotiate with the United States if it recognises North Korea as a nuclear power. "Russian Federation and China are coming in to fill the gap", Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, told ThinkProgress.

Meanwhile, Trump's Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said: "We'll see future actions by the U.S. and others and we're looking forward to applying as much pressure as we can to get to our ultimate goal, which is a denuclearised Korean Peninsula".

On Wednesday, Washington warned that North Korea's leadership will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out as it called on countries to cut all diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea.

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Lavrov said he was referring to joint U.S.

China provides about 90 percent of North Korea's energy needs and previous year shipped around 6,000 barrels per day to Pyongyang.

"The Chinese envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man", Mr Trump said. And then suddenly ... they announced large-scale exercises in December. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un said this test showed that North Korea had become a full nuclear power.

"In nine months or so I think that the President's plan will have a great effect".

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

In its response to the USA request for an embargo, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country had "always implemented full, comprehensive, serious and strict resolutions".

The call by Haley was made a day after defiant North Korea fired it's first missile since September 15 which it claimed could reach mainland USA.

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