August 11, 2017 / 1:16 PM / 12 days ago

Russia's Lavrov says U.S.-North Korea rhetoric 'over the top'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gestures during press briefing as his counterpart Retno Marsudi talks to media at Indonesia Foreign Ministry office in Jakarta, August 9, 2017.Beawiharta

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's nuclear programme was now "going over the top", and said Moscow hopes common sense will eventually prevail.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying American weapons were "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean Peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe

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