Russia's top diplomat entered the United States on Friday for his "bloody diatribe" against North Korea after the country's last ballistic missile test on Tuesday and warned that any military action would be a "big mistake."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was clearly disturbed by recent statements by the United States ambbadador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who warned on Wednesday that North Korea would be "completely destroyed" if the war broke out.
"We have never sought war with North Korea, and even today we do not seek it, if the war comes, it will be because of the continuous acts of aggression as we witnessed yesterday, and if the war does come, make no mistake, the regime of North Korea will be completely destroyed, "Haley said. He said during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Haley accused Kim Jong Un of bringing the world "closer to war" with his recent missile test.
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Haley's comments were not far from the statements made by President Donald Trump during his first speech to the UN at the end of September, when he threatened with "totally destroy" North Korea if it forced the US to defend itself or its allies. North Korea responded by referring to Trump as a "fool," which is a somewhat antiquated term, but insulting to an elderly and senile person.
While in Rome on Friday, Lavrov said Haley was "playing with fire" with his recent comments, which he described as a "bloody diatribe."
"If someone really wants to use force, as the representative of the United States expressed before the United Nations, to destroy North Korea … then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake," Lavrov said. The top Russian diplomat added that his country will do "everything" possible to avoid the use of force and move all parties involved to "use peaceful and politico-diplomatic means" to resolve their differences.  Getty Images
While Trump and Kim exchange insults and threats from around the world, North Korea has stubbornly refused to move away from its nuclear program to Despite the increasing pressure from the international community, he recently argued that nuclear weapons are necessary to protect themselves from the "repressive imperialism of the United States. "
North Korea is determined to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the US mainland. The missile it tested on Tuesday represented its most powerful power yet reached an altitude of approximately 2,800. miles (more than 10 times more than the International Space Station), it flew for 50 minutes and more than 620 miles.
It is believed that Pyongyang has between 25 and 60 nuclear warheads, but experts believe that it still lacks at least one year to develop the technology that would allow him to successfully launch a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile and get it to reach the continental United States Territory. North Korea held its sixth nuclear test in early September and has since threatened to conduct a seventh test over the Pacific Ocean, which would pose a great risk to shipping and air travel.
Recent tensions have led some, including Russia , to fear that the war is on the horizon. Experts warned that a conflict between the US. UU And North Korea would be "very bloody." Up to 300,000 could die within the first days of such a conflict, even without the use of nuclear weapons, according to a recent evaluation by the Congressional Research Service.