'Aggressive US rhetoric' on North Korea unacceptable, Russian FM Lavrov says

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During their phone conversation earlier in December, US President Donald Trump called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help solve the North Korean nuclear issue.

"Treasury is targeting leaders of North Korea's ballistic missile programs, as part of our maximum pressure campaign to isolate (North Korea) and achieve a fully denuclearized Korean Peninsula", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

"Russia is ready if both sides need it and want it", Peskov said.

Russia's call for dialogue comes after the 15-member UN Security Council unanimously voted on Friday to impose tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its latest missile test on November 29.

The sanctions are aimed at choking off external sources of funding for North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile development programs after repeated tests this year have brought the Asian nation to what experts say is the brink of developing devastating weapons that can be delivered halfway around the world. 29 test of an ICBM that Pyongyang said put all of the USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

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North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, the United States and Japan, and says its weapons are necessary to counter U.S. aggression. Those sanctions sought to further limit North Korea's access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers overseas. Though US diplomats have said they are pursuing a diplomatic solution, President Donald Trump has said Pyongyang must commit to giving up its nuclear weapons before any talks can begin.

Russian Federation has long urged for the two states to come to the negotiating table and diplomatically work to reduce tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile weapons development program, which the rogue nation continues to pursue despite harsh sanctions from the United Nations.

"It was underlined that it is necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible".

Moscow calls on U.S. and allies to refrain from provoking tensions and exerting "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

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