Military intervention in Venezuela crisis is unacceptable - Lavrov

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

Russian Federation will not support moves that would "suffocate" the North Korean economy and lead to dire humanitarian consequences, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.

"We are noting that this rhetoric has quieted down recently, and it is probably to be hoped that the hot heads have cooled down", the minister noted.

Their conversation took place as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea have been exchanging increasingly aggressive rhetoric in recent days.

North Korea last week said it is preparing to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan to land in waters in the vicinity of the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

"We can not support the ideas, which some of our partners continue developing and which are literally aimed to economically strangle North Korea, entailing a scope of negative, tragic and humanitarian consequences for the people of North Korea", the top Russian diplomat stated.

"We can not support the ideas that some of our partners continue to nourish and that are aimed literally at the economic suffocation of North Korea with all the negative, tragic humanitarian consequences for the North Korean citizens", Lavrov said, noting that the possibilities for economic pressure on North Korea have nearly been "exhausted".

According to Lavrov, all previously introduced UN Security Council resolutions, which stipulated serious tools of economic pressure on Pyongyang, also specified obligations to uphold the process of returning to political negotiations and to seek a peaceful and diplomatic solution of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

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