Russian Foreign Minister accuses Trump of 'demonizing' North Korea in United Nations speech

Russian Foreign Minister accuses Trump of 'demonizing' North Korea in United Nations speech

Lavrov, speaking in the aftermath of Russia's attempts to disrupt the USA election through a series of cyber-hacking attempts, made a straight-faced appeal for "rules of behaving responsibly in the digital sphere", adding, "We prepared a draft of the universal convention on counteracting cybercrime including hacking".

"We have suspicions on at least three fronts that the Americans are creating weapons systems which violate or could violate the treaty obligations", said Lavrov, who said Moscow had relayed its concerns to the United States.

The Russian government through its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the UN General Assembly has expressed that it is "extremely concerned" by the comments from the U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal.

In his UN General Assembly speech on Tuesday, Trump called the nuclear accord as a one-sided "embarrassment" to the United States that he said his country may abandon.

Beyond that, Lavrov had few kind words for the US.

Trump's threat in the same United Nations appearance to "totally destroy" North Korea if it had to defend itself or it allies also went down badly with Russian Federation, which shares a border with North Korea and believes negotiations and diplomacy are the only way to resolve a crisis over Pyongyang's missile program.

North Korea in recent weeks detonated its sixth nuclear bomb and has test-fired intercontinental missiles - saying it needs to defend itself against hostility from the United States and its allies.

In his news conference, Lavrov declined to address Facebook's announcement that it sold more than 3,000 ads to Russian-linked accounts during the election, which the company now plans to share with the House and Senate intelligence committees and which Trump dismissed on Twitter, writing, "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook".

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"This program is already finalized and endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution".

The Chinese minister noted that during the "Six Party" talks between South Korea, China, the US, Russia, North Korea and Japan in 2005, the "US undertook to normalize relations with DPRK".

If the Iran nuclear deal falls apart, he said, "then North Korea would say, 'why do I need to negotiate with you if you do not carry out your promises?'"

The deputy foreign minister added the "main task is to find a political and diplomatic solution", and once again suggested Beijing's "suspension for suspension" approach.

He said that both Russian Federation and the United States have to address the situation as it is, which he said was created by "the spiral of unfriendly steps started by the Obama administration", but still work like "responsible people" to address their bilateral ties as well as serious global issues.

Lavrov added that a collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would give North Korea little incentive to drop its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

Lavrov used his speech at the assembly to criticize Washington for its unilateral sanctions, calling such steps taken outside of the Security Council "illegitimate" and arguing that they "undermine the collective nature of worldwide efforts".

And he rapped USA treatment of close Russian ally Venezuela, which is in a state of slow collapse as the government ends democratic governance and the populace struggles with widespread food shortages caused by gross economic mismanagement. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro "has inflicted awful pain and suffering on good people of his country", Trump said and called for the restoration of democracy there. He went on to say that cyberspace should be prevented from being used to inflict economic damage or spread extremist propaganda.

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