Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Russian Foreign Minister accuses Trump of 'demonizing' North Korea in United Nations speech

Russian Foreign Minister accuses Trump of 'demonizing' North Korea in United Nations speech

Lavrov noted that Pyongyang is carefully watching how the United States deals with that pact, now up for recertification.

Trump threatened to "totally destroy" Kim's country this week. And they used the opportunity to argue that globalization, technology and emerging markets are bumping the United States off its superpower pedestal.

He urged the United States to honor its "four "no" commitment", an apparent reference to an August 1 statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in which he said Washington did not seek the collapse or change of the North Korean government, accelerated reunification of the peninsula, or to send its military north of the border. Russia's foreign minister is echoing that, saying there is no alternative to diplomacy.

"I think it's a very welcome statement, which we haven't heard from an American leader for a very long time", he said regarding Trump's statement that America would not impose its way of life on others.

"It's always better to meet and discuss each other's proposals." he said.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali asked for cooperation on the issue during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in NY on Wednesday.

A whiff of detente hung in the Manhattan air after President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations this week, which triggered the mainstream media and dictators around the world alike.

Beyond that, Lavrov had few kind words for the US.

And in his address to the UN, Trump drew dismayed laughter and later, criticism for his declaration that if North Korea threatens the U.S., he will "totally destroy" it. And as he sat down for lunch with the leaders of Japan and South Korea, he vowed to do things differently. "That was mentioned by all the European countries that participated in the negotiations", he said. It was a theme that Lavrov struck as well, presenting Russian Federation, which invaded and annexed Crimea in 2014, as a force for balance, stability and peace on the world stage.

The Russian diplomat Lavrov warned that if a nuclear agreement with Iran fails, the North Korean government could be discouraged from making any deals on curbing its own nuclear and missile programs in exchange for easing sanctions.

"Using unilateral sanctions.is illegitimate and undermines the collective nature of worldwide efforts". "Everyone is witnessing with alarm today the newer restrictions by the U.S. against Iran".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has strongly backed the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, calling on all parties to remain fully committed to the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "If they are trying to shock us with the sound of a dog's bark they are clearly having a dog dream".

Instead, he suggested, the allegations had been invented by former president Barack Obama's "small-hearted and vengeful" administration to poison future US-Russian ties. When he was asked if dialogue is still possible, Trump told reporters, why not? Ultimatums, he added, "never led to anything good". The proper way to handle any "domestic conflict" is for the global community "to encourage parties to reach a rational reconciliation and compromise", he said.

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