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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.

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