He said: "North Korea will be unsafe in about nine months or so because then two things are going to happen at the same time".
President Donald Trump frequently mentions China when talking about handling the North Korean crisis, and the editorial seemed to take issue with that.
"We are already seeing signs of problems, of cashflow problems in North Korea".
"I think the Chinese are doing a lot". The UN also barred the hiring of North Korean guest workers and capped exports of refined petroleum products.
Last month, President Donald Trump said Russian Federation was hurting U.S. efforts to disarm the North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
He said: "You can't rule out any scenario, including the start of histories next great war".
Trump has praised China - a close ally of Pyongyang - for its efforts to put pressure on North Korea.
Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later clarified that the United States is not seeking regime change in North Korea, but is focused on the "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.
"China and Russian Federation have been showing a united front on North Korea for the past several months".
"We have got to take them at their word, so this could be a global conflict".
Mr Lavrov made the comments while visiting Rome, where he criticised comments from US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for saying that North Korea would be "utterly destroyed" if Pyongyang's recent missile testing of a rocket that could potentially hit the US mainland provoked war.
While Russia condemned North Korea's latest missile test, Lavrov also raised concerns about the large-scale U.S.
"And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed", Haley said during an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting.
She said: "We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it". If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday ...
The stakes could scarcely be higher in the stand-off, after the U.S. warned that Kim Jong-Un's regime would be "utterly destroyed" if its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile arsenal provokes a military response.
The US and China also engaged in low-key military talks in Washington on Wednesday at the National Defense University, according to Cmdr.