Last month President Donald Trump said that Russian Federation was hurting USA efforts to disarm North Korea of its nuclear weapons and its move to reject and condemn calls to cut ties with Pyongyang proves Trump right.
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 USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.
"If someone really wants to use force to, as the USA representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea.then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Lavrov told reporters.
Earlier, the President of the United States Donald trump announced that Washington will impose new sanctions against Pyongyang in response to another missile test. "Russian Federation and China condemned the launch".
While in Rome on Friday, Lavrov said Haley was "playing with fire" with her recent remarks, which he described as a "bloodthirsty tirade".
"We are really asking them please restrain more oil, not take it off completely - that was the most effective tool the last time North Korea came to the table was cutting the oil off", Tillerson told reporters.
At the Council meeting convened at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea, Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said the missile launched on Wednesday had travelled about 950 kilometres before falling into the sea in Japan's exclusive economic zone. The escalation in tensions came as a disappointment for Moscow, which is advocating a "double freeze" approach, in which North Korea halts missile and nuclear tests and the U.S. stops its military maneuvers. However, under pressure from the United States, China in September has agreed to reduce shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea under 2 million barrels per day.
"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". China provides about 90 percent of North Korea's energy needs and past year shipped around 6,000 barrels per day to Pyongyang.
"Our diplomats will speak from a position of strength because we do have military options", he said.
"Americans must first of all explain to us what they are trying to achieve", Lavrov added.
He accused the United States of seeking to provoke Kim Jong-Un's regime and demanded to know whether Washington was plotting to destroy the isolated country.