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North Korea is USA problem but China's 'leverage'

02 December 2017

"We perceived this negatively", Lavrov told journalists in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, commenting on Washington's statement on the need to cut ties with North Korea.

Speaking at the UNSC on Wednesday, Haley warned that North Korea's government will be "utterly destroyed" if a war breaks out.

She said: "We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it".

"We have got to take them at their word, so this could be a global conflict".

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.

China is known to be reluctant to exert any kind of pressure that could cripple the North Korean regime and spark instability on their shared border.

While saying "our hopes are that China will show leadership and follow through", Ms Haley also issued a warning: "China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands".

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Meanwhile, Trump's Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said: "We'll see future actions by the USA 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".

There was unanimity at the Council in condemning the missile test, but not on the actions to be taken against Pyongyang.

Trump's name-calling and threats of wiping out the country of roughly 25 million have caused worry within his own administration and among North Korea's neighbors, such as China and South Korea, who continue to urge reaching a diplomatic solution with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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

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

North Korea is USA problem but China's 'leverage'