"The U.S. role is diminishing at the expense of China's expansion, and the more that the U.S.is seen as an unreliable ally, a risky provocateur, the more China looks like a reasonable grownup in the region, even though there's a great deal of distrust of China by many Asian countries", said Armstrong.
Calling for new talks with North Korea, Lavrov added: "We have already emphasised... that the squeeze of sanctions has essentially come to an end, and that those resolutions which introduced the sanctions should have included a requirement to renew the political process, a requirement to renew talks".
"In nine months or so I think that the President's plan will have a great effect".
In September, Lavrov explained, the American colleagues hinted that the next exercises are only expected in the spring, Pyongyang can take a pause and also "not to make any sudden movements", and why in this situation not to try to establish a dialogue.
"The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it", she said.
In a tit-for-tat war of words with Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the United States president called Kim a "madman" while the Korea leader dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China "could do more with the oil" to help rein in North Korea after its latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile this week.
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After Pyongyang's most recent missile launch a Hwasong-15 missile on Wednesday, Trump responded with an uncharacteristically restrained "We'll handle [it]" before returning to his typical rhetoric, calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "sick puppy" at a rally in Missouri.
Haley said that many countries have made economic sacrifices to enforce strict sanctions against North Korea and put the main task of containing Pyongyang on China's shoulders.
However South Korea's unification ministry cast doubt Friday on the North's claim it had mastered the technology to ensure a missile survives re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
North Korea has been accelerating its threat to the United States and to the globe with recent missile tests. France is expressing its solidarity with Japan and South Korea in the face of this threat...
Trump - who has traded barbs with Kim for months - asked Xi to use "all available levers" to press the hermit state. "China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands".
The United States earlier this year pressed for a full oil embargo on North Korea but dropped that demand following resistance from China and Russian Federation.