Tillerson urges China to curb oil supply to N

China should cut off North Korea's access to crude oil following the latest missile launch from Pyongyang, and Washington has asked it to do just that, the USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, adding that "if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have flared since North Korea said on Wednesday that it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a "breakthrough" that puts the U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the US representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea.then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Lavrov stated.

Russia Thursday rejected a USA call to cut ties with Pyongyang, suggesting Washington has been doing everything to prompt North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to "lose it".

China could control North Korea's regime but doesn't see the need to do so - at least not yet, says a US senator.

Mr Chang, the author of Nuclear Showdown, said China and Russian Federation could join the side of North Korea in a potential war.

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Also today, Russian lawmakers who visited Pyongyang said North Korea was not prepared to disarm. And then suddenly. they announced large-scale exercises in December. The Americans, he said, "should explain to us all what they're after".

Tillerson's remarks echo those made on Wednesday by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who stressed that the nations of the world "have it within our power to further isolate, diminish and, God willing, reverse the risky course of the North Korean regime".

Russian Federation on Wednesday condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"So part of [Russia's positioning] is to seem reasonable to South Korea and to ally with China against the USA and I think they are largely seen sympathetically by other countries as well, who are quite concerned with the direction in which the U.S".

"We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted". "That's why we are interested in a political and diplomatic solution".

Tensions on the Korean peninsula escalated Wednesday after the North launched its new intercontinental ballistic missile.

  • Megan Austin