Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow does not accept North Korea's "reckless nuclear actions", however expressed hope that United States would not act unilaterally against Pyongyang. Lavrov said this commenting on the statement of Vice-President Pence, Reuters reports.
“If we are to understand the words of the U.S. vice president as a threat to use force unilaterally, it is course a very risky course of action," Foreign Minister said in a televised comment.
"We do not accept Pyongyang's reckless nuclear and missile actions in violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions, but this does not mean that it is possible to violate international law in the same way by using force," Lavrov said.
Thus, he also expressed hope that there will be no unilateral decisions by US in this regard. "I very much hope that there will be no unilateral actions, like those that we saw recently in Syria while the United States will pursue the course which President Trump has announced during his election campaign," Lavrov noted.
"I can’t say that Obama’s presidency was "an era of strategic patience" because the United States took quite tough steps against North Korea in order to hamper the development of industries important for missile and nuclear programs. But the UN Security Council also imposed rather severe sanctions and on many occasions condemned Pyongyang’s activities," Russian Foreign Minister said, according to TASS.
Vice President Michael Pence earlier said that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over.
As it was reported, DPRK and US exchanged a number of aggressive statements recently. North Korea warned that it will respond to the possible American nuclear strike by its own, Trump also promised once again to solve DPRK issue and send fleet to Korean peninsula.