"We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it", she said.
Washington called on nations to cut relations with Pyongyang and warned that North Korea's leadership will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out.
Lavrov also spoke of having "the impression over the last two months that there is someone in Washington who wants to provoke new actions" by North Korea. We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted.
December 1, 2017 (EIRNS)-According to Vitaly Pashin of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's bicameral Federal Assembly, "North Korea is now ready to conduct negotiations with the USA with the participation of Russia as a third party", Pashin told TASS, commenting on the results of the talks between the Russian parliamentary delegation and the North Korean leadership in Pyongyang, Nov. 27-Dec. 1.
Lavrov reiterated that in September, the United States made it clear that the next military exercises with South Korea were not to come until spring.More news: Yemen rebel ally Saleh says open to talks with Saudis
"There's a feeling that [the United States was] intentionally provoking [North Korea's] Kim Jong-un to break that pause, to fall for their provocation", he said.
"The Americans need to explain what they are aiming for".
Haley's remarks followed Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile test. Earlier this week, Haley said that the United States is prepared to "utterly" destroy North Korea's regime if a war erupts.
The North Koreans "believe that they have reached parity not in the amount of strength, but in capabilities and think that now they can sit at the negotiating table without listening to constant threats and insults from the USA", deputy chair of Russia's upper house Committee for International Relations, Senator Aleksey Chepa, told Interfax. Russian delegates who recently visited Pyongyang say North Korea is ready to hold direct talks with Washington, but only on the condition that it recognize the regime as a nuclear power. "No one can doubt that this threat is growing".