Lavrov warns against military actions in Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urges U.S. to refrain from military actions on the Korean peninsula.

Elad Benari ,

Sergei Lavrov
Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday urged the United States to refrain from any military actions on the Korean peninsula that would be "fraught with unpredictable consequences," Reuters reports.

Lavrov’s call was made in a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Russian Foreign Minister also said Russia believes that any further increase of sanctions pressure on North Korea would be counter-productive, according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Lavrov and Tillerson also discussed Syria and the Gulf, the statement said.

Earlier this week, North Korea launched a ballistic missile which flew over Japan broke into three pieces and fell into the waters off Japan's Hokkaido. No injuries or damage were reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump later said “all options are on the table” following the missile launch.

On Tuesday night, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted that the missile launch was just the first step of a military operation that would include Guam.

North Korea threatened a missile attack on Guam, a tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific, in response to Trump’s warning that Pyongyang faced "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continued to threaten the United States with its missile and nuclear programs.

Later, however, North Korea toned down the rhetoric and Kim said the attack on Guam would be put off while he watches U.S. actions.