Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R)  © AFP Yuri KADOBNOV

Russia has rejected the US call to cut diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea after the Asian country tested a new ballistic missiles on Wednesday.

US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, had on Wednesday urged all nations to distant themselves from Pyongyang.

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But Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday said, “We perceived this negatively,” Lavrov told journalists in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, commenting on Washington’s statement on the need to cut ties with North Korea.

The White House has vowed to slap additional sanctions on North Korea after the isolated country claimed its third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test was capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

But experts have cast doubt on the country’s ability to master such technology.