North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb on Sunday which it said was a hydrogen device, and may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday, the anniversary of its founding. However, Russia insists the North Korean nuclear crisis is impossible to solve with sanctions and pressure alone.
The US has called for a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting to vote on a draft resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea.
"Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process", Lavrov said. The draft with the proposed penalties has already circulated the council members on Wednesday. Beijing and Moscow have called for a resolution that would halt North Korean nuclear missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea halting their traditional joint military exercises, a notion the Trump administration rejected.
North Korean ally China and neighboring Russian Federation have resisted further sanctions, although both nations' UN representatives participated in discussions about a new round of sanctions this week.
"We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked", Haley said.
"I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it is something certainly that could happen", Mr Trump said in a press conference at the White House. "War is never something the Unites States wants - we don't want it now. It doesn't seem much time is left before North Korea achieves its complete nuclear armament", the prime minister told a meeting of defense ministers in Seoul Thursday.
The move is said to be unlike previous US efforts, in which the USA has spent weeks, and sometimes months, carefully crafting language with China before presenting the resolution to the rest of the Security Council for a vote. The U.S. also identified nine North Korean ships that failed to comply with the previous United Nations resolutions. While both sides released statements agreeing on the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula, there was no mention of next steps.