Russian Federation lambasts both North Korea's nuclear gambling and US' provocative conduct - Lavrov

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The proposal called for North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile tests, in return for the U.S. giving up on joint military drills with South Korea in the region, but it was rejected by Washington. Pictured: Lavrov (left) meeting President Donald Trump in May.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to brief the council, and USA officials say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is likely to attend.

The test-fired missile is a Hwasong-15 that is an updated version of an earlier missile, which suggests North Korea has improved its ability to strike the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, 38 North, a website that monitors and analyzes North Korea, reported after the launch. "We do think they could do more with the oil, and we're really asking them to please restrain more of the oil - not cut it off completely".

Lavrov also spoke of having "the impression over the last two months that there is someone in Washington who wants to provoke new actions" by North Korea.

"In this context, we call on all sides to immediately begin work on finding a formula for political and diplomatic settlement", he said. "The first thing that China is concerned about when it comes to North Korea is the development of nuclear weapons; the second, is how it can avoid any chaos [on the peninsula] that could lead to war".




"We obviously are not looking for a military solution ourselves", Bessho said. "We are trying in the Security Council to find a way to make DPRK change its policy". Moscow condemns both Pyongyang's gambling with nuclear weapons and missiles and Washington's provocative behavior, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Belarussian television STV on Saturday.

While China has consistently supported United Nations sanctions against North Korea, one expert said it had an ambivalent relationship with its southern neighbor and that Sino-North Korean relations had deteriorated since Kim Jong Un came to power in 2011.

In sharp contrast, however, comments in China's state media about the latest test and sanctions were more direct, with some even putting the blame for the launch on the United States.

"I think the Chinese are doing a lot", Tillerson told reporters when asked if he shares the president's sentiment. "U.N. Security Council measures".

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