Washington reaction to ICBM test a "bloodthirsty tirade": Lavrov

Washington reaction to ICBM test a

"We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it", she said. The proposal called for North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile tests, in return for the United States giving up on joint military drills with South Korea in the region, but it was rejected by Washington.

The latest threat came after North Korea tested its third ICBM, which it claimed was capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

"If they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea...then let them say it outright", said Lavrov, who also reiterated Moscow's view that "the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted".

His foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said: "We see this negatively".

U.S. military action against North Korea would be a big mistake, Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, warned, adding that Washington is itself provoking Pyongyang to make new reckless moves by drills with South Korea and aggressive rhetoric.

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The Russian politician also said if the United States and South Korea did not "aggravate" the situation, North Korea would not have needed to test-launch the Hwasong-15.

He added: "The impression is that everything has been done to prompt Kim Jong-un to lost it and take another reckless step". Earlier this week, Haley said that the United States is prepared to "utterly" destroy North Korea's regime if a war erupts.

Mr Lavrov made the comments while visiting Rome, where he criticised comments from US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for saying that North Korea would be "utterly destroyed" if Pyongyang's recent missile testing of a rocket that could potentially hit the US mainland provoked war.

According to the minister, Pyongyang has refrained from launching missiles for over two months prior to the latest launch on Wednesday.

During the subsequent, combative session of the UNSC, Haley called on North Korea's neighbors to do more to enforce sanctions, while Russia's representative Vasily Nebenzia criticised Washington's use of sanctions and military exercises in the region.

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