Dialogue still the way forward on North Korea: Chinese, Russian foreign ministers

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The sides "exchanged opinions on developments in the Middle East region", the ministry said. "That was mentioned by all the European countries that participated in the negotiations", Lavrov said. Quoted by RT, Lavrov said that Trump's speech was "remarkable", adding that it seems "it was targeted not only for the worldwide audience, but also for the domestic one".

Lavrov and al-Jaafari also touched upon key aspects of bilateral cooperation and outlined ways to bolster it.

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".

"It's not only Russian Federation that has said it is necessary to save the JCPOA".

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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.

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

Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in retaliation for Trump saying the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

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.

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"Using unilateral sanctions above the sanctions imposed by the Security Council is illegitimate and undermines the collective nature of global efforts", Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed Russia's commitment to maintaining the sustainability of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, TASS reported.

"If you simply condemn and threaten, then we're going to antagonize countries over whom we want to exert influence", said Lavrov, referring to Trump's comments.

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