Washington reaction to ICBM test a "bloodthirsty tirade": Lavrov

Washington reaction to ICBM test a

His comments come after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States does not want a war with North Korea but warned that "the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed" if its "continued acts of aggression" lead to war.

Lavrov also further highlighted the deep divisions between Russian Federation and the United States when he accused Washington of seeking a pretext for the destruction of North Korea.

According to the minister, Pyongyang has refrained from launching missiles for over two months prior to the latest launch on Wednesday.

"We will do everything to ensure that it [military conflict] doesn't happen and that the problem is solved using exclusively peaceful and political-diplomatic means", he said.

"We have been working with Pyongyang".

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov poured scorn on Washington's call to cut ties with North Korea and introduce new sanctions against it. Instead, the U.S. suddenly announced it would be holding the drills in October, then November, then December.

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Lavrov described Russia's stance on the North Korean issue as "direct, honest and open".

Lavrov reiterated that in September, the U.S. made it clear that the next military exercises with South Korea were not to come until spring.

Russian Federation and China have proposed a roadmap for settling the Korean crisis through a transition to negotiations, which implies rejection of any actions that fuel tensions.

A group of Russian MPs visited Pyongyang earlier this week in order to facilitate the resolution of the crisis.

"China's priority is stability in the region, as well as domestic stability, and part of that is an alliance with its neighbor North Korea", Alison Evans, deputy head of Asia-Pacific country risk at IHS Markit, told CNBC on Thursday.

He said: "North Korea is now ready to conduct negotiations with the U.S. with the participation of Russian Federation as a third party". However, he made clear that, during the talks with the Russian MPs, Pyongyang didn't mention any plans to put a stop to its controversial nuclear program.

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