Stability and strategy: Why is China so easy on North Korea?

Russia accuses US of trying to provoke North Korean leader'to fly off handle

The recent provocation from Pyongyang has prompted Donald Trump to resume his word war with Kim.

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

North Korea said on Wednesday it had successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, reacted to the test by urging more sanctions against Pyongyang and threatening that "if war comes... the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed", RT reported.

That sparked a strong rebuke Friday from Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

"The dictator of North Korea made a decision yesterday that brings us closer to war, not farther from it", she said.

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 the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK, the country's official name.

"In this context, we call on all sides to immediately begin work on finding a formula for political and diplomatic settlement", he said.




"Most North Koreans come to this department store to shop, the store owners get their clothes from South Korea".

A White House statement about the phone conversation between the U.S. and Chinese leaders said Mr Trump made clear "the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies". "We are trying in the Security Council to find a way to make DPRK change its policy".

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano in Rome, Italy, December 1, 2017.

"The Chinese envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man", Trump said on Twitter, a day after speaking with Chinese President Chinese President Xi Jinping and reiterating his call for Beijing to use its leverage against North Korea.

China and Russian Federation objected to that idea in the latest United Nations sanctions resolution.

"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", the Russian foreign minister warned. "All the CSTO members support the resolution of the UN Security Council".

A woman who answered the phone at the North Korean consulate in Shenyang said she didn't know what would happen to North Korean businesses and joint ventures in China once United Nations sanctions kicked in.

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