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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Calls Out U.S. North Korea Policy

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accuses the United States and President Donald Trump of provoking North Korea leader Kim Jong-un into accelerating his missile program for the sole purpose of creating an excuse for Washington to attack the country. Lavrov also rejects Trump’s call to impose major sanctions, calling the president’s policy toward North Korea deeply flawed.

The Russian foreign minister’s remarks follow North Korea’s successful testing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, which now puts the United States mainland, including the East Coast, within range of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear arsenal. North Korea reports their new Hwasong-15 missile soared to an altitude of 2,780 miles and flew 590 miles before landing in the sea near Japan.

Trump responded to the latest missile testing by demanding sanctions on North Korea: “Just spoke to President XI JINPING of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!”

Russia condemns the missile testing as well, also calling the action as “a provocation,” but Lavrov says how the United States is handling the situation is just as dangerous and provocative.

“The latest U.S. actions look designed to deliberately provoke Pyongyang into taking new extreme action,” Lavrov told reporters in Belarus. He is referring to the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises now scheduled for December, which U.S. officials had previously told him would not take place until the spring so as to allow current tensions to defuse and subside.

“We were encouraged by that approach. And then suddenly … they announced large-scale exercises in December. We have the impression that it was all done specially to get Kim Jong Un to ‘fly off the handle’ and take another reckless step.”

President Donald Trump is well known for trying to rile North Korea’s leader on Twitter, with comments such as this one that he tweeted this morning.

“The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man. Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such horrible conditions. Russia and China condemned the launch.”

Trump often refers to Kim Jong-un as “Little Rocket Man,” a playground insult and retort in their ongoing feud of words, which many fear could escalate into military action.

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