The stakes could scarcely be higher in the stand-off, after the United States warned that Kim Jong-Un's regime would be "utterly destroyed" if its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile arsenal provokes a military response.
Speaking on a visit to Belarus on November 30, Lavrov also rejected a US call to sever ties with North Korea following its latest ballistic-missile test.
"Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such awful conditions".
And Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Washington would pursue "unrelenting" efforts on the diplomatic front, including before the UN Security Council, to bring Pyongyang to heel. "We obviously are not looking for a military solution ourselves", Bessho said.
Meanwhile, Trump's Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said: "We'll see future actions by the USA and others and we're looking forward to applying as much pressure as we can to get to our ultimate goal, which is a denuclearised Korean Peninsula".
"I think the Chinese are doing a lot".
Pyongyang further announced that "Kim Jong-un declared with pride that now we have finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force". "That would be a pivotal step in the world's effort to stop this global pariah", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in an emergency meeting in NY on Wednesday, reports CNN.
The US has warned that North Korea's government will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out.
"If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed", she said.
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U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping cut off the country's oil supply to North Korea in response to Pyongyang's latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said. "We comply with the imposed sanctions".
Tuesday's launch ended a two-month lull in missile tests that had raised hopes for the opening of diplomatic talks.
North Korea, which conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test in September, has tested dozens of ballistic missiles under Kim's leadership in defiance of worldwide sanctions.
During celebratory speeches, key party and military officials said that the missile test put the strategic position of North Korea on the highest level.
Seoul's defense ministry said Friday that the North's new missile could reach Washington, but more verification is needed on its missile technology including re-entry and terminal guidance system and warhead conditions.
North Korea is subject to many United Nations, U.S. and European sanctions due to its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.
Lavrov said that Russian Federation (which is itself under US sanctions for its annexation of Crimea in 2014) is against USA proposals for an economic blockade of North Korea and believed the sanctions pressure has exhausted itself.
Trump - who has traded barbs with Kim for months - asked Xi to use "all available levers" to press the hermit state. China and Russian Federation objected to that idea in the latest United Nations sanctions resolution.
Beijing has backed a slew of sanctions that include bans on imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and seafood.