Russian Federation says Washington, North Korea should calm 'hot heads'

Posted September 24, 2017

"Everyone is witnessing with alarm today the newer and newer restrictions by the US against Iran", Lavrov told the U.N. General Assembly annual gathering of world leaders.

When he asked U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson how Russian Federation could confirm his words that Moscow interfered in the American election process, Lavrov said Tillerson replied: "I cannot show you anything because this is confidential information'".

The great potential for further developing the Russian-US relations is not being used because of the Russophobic hysteria in the United States, Russian Foreign Minister added.

Russia's Western colleagues on the council are failing to fulfill those obligations when they refuse to work along those lines, he said. Lavrov noted that Pyongyang is carefully watching how the United States deals with that pact, now up for recertification.

Trump threatened to "totally destroy" Kim's country this week. Sergei Lavrov says a pause is needed to calm the two down adding it was unacceptable to unleash a war on the Korean Peninsula.

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Lavrov said Russian Federation would welcome any efforts at mediation, saying "the mediators could be one of the neutral European countries".

Lavrov was asked whether he saw a link between the crisis in North Korea and Trump's threat to pull out of the 2015 agreement to cap Iran's nuclear program.

"Together with our colleagues, we will continue to strive for the reasonable, and not the emotional approach - instead of the kindergarten fight between children", he said, also suggesting that there are many potential mediators "who would like to try not to pursue the way of military, of sanctions, but rather peaceful".

The agreement was violated in 2006, when North Korea conducted its first nuclear test.