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Sergey Lavrov's statement at a Rome news conference with his Italian counterpart on Friday came two days after Ambassador Nikki Haley said that if war breaks out over North Korea's missile tests, the country would be "utterly destroyed".

China earlier this month praised the friendship between it and North Korea after its special envoy visited Pyongyang.

Now both the nature and the timing of North Korea's missile launch suggests that Kim Jong Un can hold the White House under threat, and has no interest any olive branches it extends. While Haley remarked that the "North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed" in such a war, she neglected to mention the damage that South Korea, and possibly the United States, could also face from a North Korean nuclear attack.

North Korea tested a new ICBM, which Pyongyang claims is capable of reaching any target in the continental United States.

The claim was not proven and experts have cast doubt on the country's ability to master such technology.

The test - one of several this year - has been condemned by the global community and the UN Security Council called an emergency meeting. "We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted", Lavrov said on Thursday.

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The US has repeatedly said that it will not accept North Korea as a nuclear power and that it will consider military intervention to stop it.

"So long as North Korea can hit US cities with thermonuclear warheads, they probably don't need the ability to hit every city they target or target specific aim points within those cities to convince the USA leadership that war with North Korea would be too expensive to contemplate". But China has refused to turn off its pipeline shipping crude to the North Beijing fears that taking tougher actions could cause the regime to collapse, triggering a refugee crisis across its border with the North and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the USA military in South Korea. "We're really asking them to please restrain more of the oil, not cut it off completely", Tillerson said at the State Department.

Experts and US officials say questions remain about whether it has a re-entry vehicle capable of protecting a nuclear warhead as it speeds toward its target, and about the accuracy of its guidance systems.

China is a historic ally and North Korea's most important trading partner and Pyongyang is thought to be dependent on China for much of its oil supplies.

US President Donald Trump began Thursday by complaining that China had failed to convince Kim Jong Un to back down.

Mr Xi responded by telling Mr Trump it was Beijing's "unswerving goal to maintain peace and stability in north-east Asia and denuclearise the Korean peninsula", Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

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