After China, Russia warns US over North Korea

After China, Russia warns US over North Korea
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MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged Washington not to use force against North Korea, as tensions surged after the latest missile test by Pyongyang.

In a phone call late on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov “underscored… the need to refrain from any military steps that could have unpredictable consequences,” the foreign ministry in Moscow said.

Russia’s lead diplomat said any attempts to toughen sanctions against North Korea would be “counterproductive and dangerous” while condemning Pyongyang’s firing of a missile over Japan as a “gross violation” of United Nations resolutions.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a briefing on Thursday warned that “the contest of force that is now being demonstrated, will only lead the region to the brink of a military conflict.”

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