U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday welcomed Chinese efforts towards North Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme, but said Beijing could do more with its oil exports to pressure North Korea.
The Trump administration vowed to slap additional sanctions on North Korea after the reclusive country test-launched its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) yet, with a range capable of striking Washington, DC.
Russian Federation yesterday accused the United States of trying to provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into "flying off the handle" over his missile programme to hand Washington a pretext to destroy his country.
U.S. President Donald Trump said in October he would not certify that Tehran was complying with the 2015 deal and warned he might ultimately terminate it, accusing Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the accord.
On the morning of November 29, North Korea conducted a missile launch, the first since September 15.
Tillerson's call came after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, issued a stark warning to the UN Security Council.
Calling for new talks with North Korea, Lavrov added: "We have already emphasised... that the squeeze of sanctions has essentially come to an end, and that those resolutions which introduced the sanctions should have included a requirement to renew the political process, a requirement to renew talks".
"The latest USA actions look created to deliberately provoke Pyongyang into taking new extreme action", Mr Lavrov told reporters in Belarus, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry transcript.
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Mr Trump has been trying to apply more pressure on the hermit kingdom and re-designated them a state sponsor of terrorism, meaning the USA can enforce even more sanctions on Kim Jong-un's regime.
"We were encouraged by that approach".
Speaking at the UNSC on Wednesday, Haley warned that North Korea's government will be "utterly destroyed" if a war breaks out.
Moscow sells oil products to North Korea and thousands of North Korean workers toil in Russian Federation, sending remittances back to the authorities in Pyongyang.
He said: "North Korea will be risky in about nine months or so because then two things are going to happen at the same time".
"The government does not think that North Korea's latest test demonstrated full capability for an ICBM, including the re-entry technology and a precision guidance system", spokeswoman Lee Eugene told journalists.
"We need China to do more", she said.