Russian Federation rejects USA call to cut North Korea ties

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The North Korean regime launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Wednesday with Kim Jong-un declaring they had "finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".

Wicker was making his comments at nearly the same time that Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, was warning China that it must cut off its remaining oil shipments to North Korea.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Washington's approach was dangerously provocative. "They reminded us of problems that Iran had after signing an agreement with the [Iran] Six, and how the U.S. now intends to terminate the Iranian deal", the lawmaker said.

Following the test, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for other countries to sever all ties with Pyongyang, including cutting trade links and expelling North Korean workers.

"We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted". Mr Lavrov said Ms Haley's call for the world to isolate North Korea was wrong.

However, Lavrov said Russian Federation perceived the US move as "negative" and claimed sanction pressure on North Korea had been "exhausted".

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"The Americans should start with explaining their intentions to us all".

North Korea carried out its new missile test early on Wednesday after a 75-day pause.

Responding to the United States request for an embargo, the Chinese foreign ministry said merely that the country had "always implemented full, comprehensive, serious and strict resolutions".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he still had confidence in diplomatic efforts on North Korea and that the United States would be "unrelenting" in working through the United Nations.

While Trump has been bellicose at times in rhetoric toward North Korea, Tillerson has persistently held out hopes for a return to dialogue if North Korea shows it is willing to give up its nuclear weapons program.

"They have extended the range now out to a point that it is hard to credibly argue that North Korea couldn't have the USA eastern seaboard within its range", Vipin Narang, associate professor of political science at MIT, told the BBC. "We have the impression that it was all done specially to get Kim Jong Un to "fly off the handle" and 'take another reckless step, '" he said, according to Reuters.

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