Russia blasts U.S. for threatening to utterly destroy North Korea

- Russia blasts U.S. for threatening to utterly destroy North Korea.

- Calls the threat a "bloodthirsty tirade".

- Will do all in its power to ensure the use of force never occurs.
Russia has on Friday stated that the U.S.' threat to utterly destroy North Korea in the wake of their latest missile test is a "bloodthirsty tirade", further indicating that any military action against the North would be a big mistake.

This message was conveyed by Russia's Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during a visit to Rome.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the U.S. representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea ...then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake," said Lavrov, the Russian news agencies reported.

He called Haley's speech on North Korea, which she made at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, "a really bloodthirsty tirade."

"We will do everything to ensure that (the use of force) doesn't happen so that the problem is decided only using peaceful and political-diplomatic means," said Lavrov.

While addressing the UN, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley had stated that the U.S. would utterly destroy North Korea if it had to engage Military action in resolving the ongoing crisis.

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