Russian FM slams Nikki Haley, calls her North Korea comments 'bloodlust'

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"If someone really wants to use force to, as the U.S. representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea. then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Mr Lavrov said, according to Russian news agencies.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the US representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea ... then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Lavrov said in comments carried by Russian media.

The Russian FM was referring to the comments made by US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in the wake of Pyongyang's first missile test in two months on Tuesday, in which it fired rockets that allegedly can reach US mainland.

During an emergency UN Security Council meeting earlier this week, Haley warned that the isolated state's recent actions have brought "the world closer to war" and issued a direct threat to Pyongyang: "If war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

He added: 'We will do everything to ensure that [the use of force] doesn't happen so that the problem is decided only using peaceful and political-diplomatic means'.

"While condemning Pyongyang's nuclear missile adventurism, we can not but condemn the provocative behavior of our American colleagues", Lavrov said in an interview with Belarusian broadcaster STV. "In October, they announced large-scale unscheduled exercises [between United States and South Korean forces], new drills are also announced in December - although in the regular context they shouldn't have been conducted until spring", he added.

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"China and Russian Federation have a common stance on the Korean Peninsula issue, maintaining contact with each other".

Lavrov's remarks come on the same day as a Russian delegation returning from Pyongyang said North Korea would not give up its nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation and China have proposed a roadmap for settling the Korean crisis through a transition to negotiations, which implies rejection of any actions that fuel tensions.

Washington called on nations to cut relations with Pyongyang and warned that North Korea's leadership will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out. This is the first missile launch since the last one carried out by North Korea on September 15.

The United States earlier this year pressed for a full oil embargo on North Korea but dropped that demand following resistance from China and Russian Federation.

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