Latest US activities deliberately provoked North Korea to take action – Lavrov

The US has been consciously provoking North Korea to take action, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after latest Pyongyang ballistic missile test. Washington should explain its intentions towards North Korea, he added.

Commenting on the latest developments on Thursday, Lavrov said it seems that the US wants North Korea to resume the tests. “The latest US action seemed to be directed towards provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action.”

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On Wednesday, North Korea tested the Hwasong-15 missile, which splashed off the Japan coast. Pyongyang claims it was an upgraded projectile capable of delivering a nuclear payload to any part of the United States. The test followed a two-month pause in test launches, which gave some hope that Pyongyang and Washington may find a way to talk their differences over instead of resorting to belligerent rhetoric, which has been their main mode of operation this year.

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