02 December, 2017
The US ambassador to the UN Security Council Nikki Haley said the North Korean regime would be "utterly destroyed" if war comes. But Russia, which is masterfully edging the US out of relevance in Syria, is now making more muscular statements on Trump's diplomatic shortcomings with North Korea, including his calls to further isolate the regime.
Russian politician Vitaly Pashin, who attended the meetings, said 'North Korea believes they have achieved their goal of becoming a nuclear power achieving parity with the USA'.
"We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it".
The Russians - who, according to Armstrong, "realize that the U.S.is increasingly isolated on the North Korean issue" - are also strengthening their alignment with China, North Korea's top trading partner.
"If the United States drops out of this deal, it won't be very credible in the eyes of those who are now requested to drop their (own) nuclear program like North Korea", Lavrov said.More news: Picking the ideal East Tennessee Christmas tree, the old fashioned way
"We need China to do more", she said.
Russian Federation is setting the stage for sidelining the United States in the North Korean nuclear crisis that has been escalating for roughly four months, during which the administration of President Donald Trump has relied primarily on threats of total annihilation, sanctions, and name-calling. "We will not be taken by surprise".
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".
Mr Trump, in a tweet, said yesterday that China appeared to have had little impact on the North Korean leader, expressing wonder that his people and military "put up" with conditions there. China's Deputy Permanent Representative Wu Haitao in effect rejected any new sanctions suggested by Haley, saying that Beijing was committed to finding a diplomatic solution.
North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed the Hwasong-15 was "tipped with super-large heavy warhead which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the US".