China finds Trump threats to North Korea unhelpful

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran North Korea accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Sergey Lavrov told a news conference there has been a lengthy campaign claiming Russian Federation interfered in the USA election to ensure victory for President Donald Trump - "but we do not see any facts".

"It's not only Russian Federation that has said it is necessary to save the JCPOA. We can not allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children's future", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened the treaty for signing.

First there was US President Donald Trump threatening to annihilate North Korea.

"I think the White House responded already, and I have nothing to add to that", Lavrov said.

The deputy foreign minister added the "main task is to find a political and diplomatic solution", and once again suggested Beijing's "suspension for suspension" approach.

The bellicose speech came after months of escalating tensions over advances in the rogue weapons programme operated by Pyongyang, which has defied tough sanctions to launch its sixth and largest nuclear test and to fire a series of missiles over Japan.

Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in retaliation for Trump saying the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies. "If they are trying to shock us with the sound of a dog's bark they are clearly having a dog dream".

He also said he agreed with the US-proposed "four nos" - no regime change, no regime collapse, no stepped-up reunification and no military deployments north of the border separating the DPRK and ROK.

"We resolutely condemn the nuclear missile adventures of Pyongyang in violation of Security Council resolutions, but military hysteria is not just an impasse, it's a disaster", Lavrov argued.

Still, a second senior Trump administration official said Friday the United States was seeking ways to improve communication with Moscow and build some degree of trust, which the official described as non-existent.

"Unfortunately, the arsenal of many Western states have not diplomacy but rough pressure", he said, expanding into criticism of the U.S. policy toward Iran and Trump's hints that he will leave the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that constrains Tehran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

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