United States acting like a 'naughty, spoiled child' over North Korea: Russian minister

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Russian, US diplomats discuss North Korea
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10 August, 2017

Mr Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov there was now "serious mistrust between our two countries and that we simply have to find some way to deal with that".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday, urged all parties involved in the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to show maximum restraint in order to avoid the implementation of negative military scenarios.

Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to improved relations between Russian Federation and the United States.

"We will, of course, intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on USA payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on".

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated on Tuesday that dialogue, including the restart of long-stalled multilateral nuclear talks, was the only option if the issue of North Korea's growing missile and nuclear capabilities is to be resolved.

Trump also lashed out at lawmakers for endorsing the sanctions measure while blaming Congress for fostering a tense relationship with Moscow.

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In a related development, North Korea will not discuss denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula as long as the nuclear threat and hostility on the part of the USA remain.

Analysts and former US officials were skeptical that much progress is likely any time soon on areas such as reducing the violence in Syria's civil war or calming the conflict in eastern Ukraine, let alone reversing Russia's annexation of Crimea.

In Russia, the leadership typically uses state media to transmit most official messages, so the anti-Trump programming appears to reflect Moscow's growing disenchantment with a president it hoped could turn a new leaf in U.S. -Russia relations. Earlier, Trump had signed a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Congress that imposed new sanctions on Russian Federation.

A day after sitting down in the Philippines with Russia's top diplomat, Tillerson said he'd asked "clarifying questions" about the Kremlin's retaliation announced last month following new sanctions passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump.

The sanctions are also aimed at stopping Russian Federation from meddling in USA elections, but Moscow denies ever doing this. The meeting between the two envoys Sunday also followed Moscow's retaliating over the new sanctions by seizing two American diplomatic properties and ordering a huge cut in the US diplomatic staff by over 700.

Wang also urged the USA and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations. "We provided these explanations".


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