Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the
United States and North Korea to reduce tensions and described the
trading of insults between their leaders as a kindergarten fight
We have to calm down the hotheads and understand that we do need
pauses, that we do need some contacts, Lavrov told a news
conference at the United Nations on Friday where he was attending
the annual General Assembly debate.
Lavrov said Moscow was working with other countries to strive
for the reasonable and not the emotional approach instead of the
kindergarten fight between children (where) no one can stop
Russia would welcome any attempt by a third country to mediate
in the crisis, Lavrov told the news conference, adding that this
could come from a neutral European nation.
Russia and China are pushing a joint proposal that would freeze
North Koreas nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension
of US-South Korean military drills.
Washington has rejected that proposal, describing it as
insulting, and says it will not offer incentives to Pyongyang to
come to the negotiating table.
In his first address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, US
President Donald Trump threatened to totally destroy North Korea
and mocked its leader Kim Jong-un as a rocket man who was on a
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump complimented his
controversial UN speech and called Kim a madman who will be tested
like never before.
Kim shot back at Trump on Thursday, describing the US president
as mentally deranged and warning he would pay dearly for
threatening to destroy his country of 26 million.
Trump signed an executive order on Thursday imposing new
sanctions on North Korea.
Analysts say Trumps threats against North Korea
are counterproductive and justify Pyongyangs nuclear weapons
and missile programs that it insists are for self-defense.
They say Trumps...