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Exchange of threats between US, North Korea will bring no good, Lavrov says

November 08, 2017, 7:42 UTC+3

"We are convinced that there is no alternative to peaceful settlement," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said

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DA NANG/Vietnam/, November 8. /TASS/. The exchange of threats and insults between the United States and North Korea will bring no good and there is the need to resume talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said commenting on Donald Trump’s statements in South Korea.

"We have voiced our stance on what is going on several time. We are convinced that the exchange of threats and even the exchange of insults, and these things have taken place from both sides, will bring no good," Lavrov said.

"There is the need to sit down and agree, there is the Russian-Chinese proposal," he said. "We are convinced that there is no alternative to peaceful settlement."

Russia’s top diplomat stressed that security issues on the Korean Peninsula should be tackled soberly rather than with the use of "emotions, which are running high." "This game is too dangerous," he went on to say. "I have already quoted the remarks by US Secretary of Defense [James] Mattis who said in the summer that, in the event of a military conflict, there would be a disaster with thousands or tens of thousands of casualties, while the latest estimates mention millions of casualties."

Earlier on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said addressing members of South Korea’s National Assembly (parliament) that the US favors "peace through strength." According to the US president, the international community "cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation."

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