ROME (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the US threat to destroy North Korea in case of war was "a bloody diatribe" and a military action against Pyongyang It would be a big mistake.
Speaking on a visit to Italy, Lavrov strongly condemned the comments made by UN Ambbadador Nikki Haley, who earlier this week warned North Korean leaders that it would be "completely destroyed" if the war broke out after the Pyongyang test fired its missile. more advanced
"If someone really wants to use force, as the representative of the United States said before the United Nations, to destroy North Korea … then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake," Lavrov said. journalists.
He called Haley's speech on North Korea, which he made at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, "a really bloody diatribe."
"We will do everything possible to guarantee that (the use of force) not "will not happen so that the problem is decided only with peaceful and politico-diplomatic means," Lavrov said.
Later, when addressing a conference in Rome, Lavrov said that Russia and The United States wanted North Korea to disarm, but said Washington would send a bad message if it moved away from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
US President Donald Trump said in October that he would not certify that Tehran was complying with the 2015 agreement and warned that it could finally end it , accusing Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement.
"If the United States abandons this agreement, it will not be very credible in the eyes of those who are now being asked to abandon their (own) nuclear program like North Korea," Lavrov said.
He added that most of the "serious badysts … and many officials" in Washington understood it.
Report of Andrew Osborn and Dmitry Solovyov in Moscow and Crispian Balmer in Rome; Edition by Matthew Mpoke Bigg