Crisis Management: Top US, Chinese Generals Talk North Korea After Missile Test

Crisis Management: Top US, Chinese Generals Talk North Korea After Missile Test

Crisis Management: Top US, Chinese Generals Talk North Korea After Missile Test

In some of his most robust comments on the subject to date, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also flatly rejected a US call to cut ties with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programme and said USA policy towards North Korea was deeply flawed.

Chinese state media published a blunt editorial blaming the USA and North Korea for rising hostilities in Asia after the rogue nuclear nation tested its most powerful ever ballistic missile on Tuesday.

"The recent USA actions seemed to be deliberately aimed at provoking Pyongyang to take new sharp actions", Lavrov said, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement.

Top generals from the USA and Chinese armed forces met in Washington this week following North Korea's latest missile provocation.

"First thing, President Donald Trump's strangulation campaign, to cut off money flows to North Korea will actually have a great effect on the regime". USA experts maintain that China could collapse North Korea's regime in a heartbeat, but it refuses to do so because it would counter Beijing's national interests. USA has accused China of sending raw crude oil in the tune of 10,000 barrels per day to Pyongyang only operating refinery near the Chinese border. Mr Lavrov said Ms Haley's call for the world to isolate North Korea was wrong.

Kim said the test of the Hwasong-15 weapons system had helped his country achieve the goal of becoming a full nuclear power, sparking global condemnation.

He said he was referring to joint US-South Korean military exercises planned for this month, which he said US officials had intimated to Russian Federation would not take place until spring to open a window for tensions to be defused.

The stakes could scarcely be higher in the stand-off, after the U.S. warned that Kim Jong-Un's regime would be "utterly destroyed" if its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile arsenal provokes a military response. "We were hopeful about the approach, but then they stage [an] unscheduled exercise in October, then in November, and now they have declared they will have [a] large-scale unscheduled exercise in December".

"We need China to do more", she said.

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.

Trump has praised China - a close ally of Pyongyang - for its efforts to put pressure on North Korea. "They reminded us of problems that Iran had after signing an agreement with the [Iran] Six, and how the United States now intends to terminate the Iranian deal", the lawmaker said.

"But the Americans completely ignore this requirement and I consider this a big mistake".

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