Monday, 11 December, 2017

U.S. ambassador: North Korea missile 'brings us closer to war'

11_27_UNC U.S. ambassador: North Korea missile 'brings us closer to war'
Lillian Steele | 04 December, 2017, 01:43

President Trump in a tweet Thursday morning said that North Korea's recent missile launch showed that the Chinese envoy who just returned from the country "seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man".

U.S. Air Force aircraft arrived in South Korea on Saturday to participate in a joint aerial drill just a week after North Korea launched a ballistic missile.

Reports have speculated the nuclear test site will have to close because of the tremors, but 38 North said "complete abandonment of the test site as a whole remains unlikely".

A photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the launching of the Hwasong-15 missile.

Earlier Russia's United Nations ambassador said North Korea should stop its missile and nuclear tests but also called on Washington to cancel military exercises with South Korea planned for December as it would "inflame an already explosive situation".

"We know they were building to this".

"We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it".

Following the launch, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged countries around the world to sever their commercial, diplomatic, military and any other ties with North Korea. "The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it", USA ambassador Nikki Haley told the council.

As Paul Bracken, a professor of political science at Yale, told Business Insider, Trump has "been reasonably effective" in isolating North Korea and rallying support for sanctions internationally. "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations.

In the resolution, the National Assembly strongly denounced North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and called on the North to immediately end any act that sparks military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles before, but researchers found them prohibitively small for delivering a heavy nuclear device halfway around the world to the continental US. -South Korea alliance and added: "Both leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to compelling North Korea to return to the path of denuclearization at any cost".

Trump, who has previously said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies from the nuclear threat, has also struggled to contain Pyongyang since taking office in January.

China also suggested the North should stop the tests in return for a halt to United States military exercises - a proposal Washington has rejected in the past.

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