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Russian Federation condemns the provocative actions of the United States with regard to North Korea, as well as Washington's attempts to involve Tokyo and Seoul in provocations, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated, adding that Japan and South Korea "will become the first victims in case of the outbreak of a war on the Korean peninsula".

The Kremlin yesterday called the latest missile test a "provocative action" and appealed for calm on all sides.

The only condition under which Pyongyang would agree to negotiate is if the United States recognizes the regime as a nuclear power, said the member of the Russian State Duma delegation.

"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 said in comments carried by Russian media.

Addressing an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council late on November 29, Haley called on other nations to cut diplomatic and trade ties with Pyongyang. Moscow has been closely working with the United States on the North Korean issue, with several meetings being held between the countries' diplomats in the Russian capital and other venues, the FM added.

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Lavrov's remarks come on the same day as a Russian delegation returning from Pyongyang said North Korea would not give up its nuclear weapons.

Lavrov also spoke of having "the impression over the last two months that there is someone in Washington who wants to provoke new actions" by North Korea. "In October, they announced large-scale unscheduled exercises [between US and South Korean forces], new drills are also announced in December - although in the regular context they shouldn't have been conducted until spring", he added.

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

"We met with Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea", Pashin said. This is the first missile launch since the last one carried out by North Korea on September 15.


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