False Accusation Against Russia on North Korea

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
False Accusation Against Russia on North Korea

by Stephen Lendman

The Trump administration is spoiling for confrontation with Pyongyang. Nuclear brinksmanship risks the unthinkable.

At the same time, Trump abandoned efforts to improve relations with Russia. Reportedly, Secretary of State Tillerson's meeting with Sergey Lavrov in Moscow didn't go well, both diplomats disagreeing sharply on Syria and other key issues.

The latest Russia bashing episode came Wednesday. CBS News quoted an unnamed US official, falsely accusing Moscow of blocking an April 15 Security Council statement, condemning Pyongyang's ballistic missile program, saying:

Washington "wanted to get the message out…Russia is slowing this down, and it's not clear why." The text includes a demand for Pyongyang to halt further tests. It calls its ballistic missile program "illegal(l)y contributing to its development of nuclear weapons."

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