UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft", the Russian U.N. mission said in a statement on Wednesday.

Following Tillerson's remarks, North Korea's state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike". "But re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held". Vice President Mike Pence, on a tour of Asian allies, has said repeatedly an "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

While Trump gave no indication of what the moves might be, US officials told Reuters that the United States was aware of a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signalling a possible heightened state of readiness.

The council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea - two of which were adopted previous year - to significantly ramp up the punitive measures and deny Kim Jong-Un's regime hard currency revenue.

Trump has focused his efforts on North Korea on trying to persuade China to put more pressure on its ally and could view any unusual Chinese military movements as supportive of this. North Korea routinely labels such exercises preparations for invasion.

The proposed statement seen by AFP would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test on Sunday.

"If we have to start looking at sanctions or other actions, we will", US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters.

A woman walks past a television screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on April 5, 2017.

North Korea has threatened the United States with "all-out war" and announced that Pyongyang would continue to test missiles on a weekly basis. A US carrier strike group is (finally) on the way to the Korean Peninsula after Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that all options were on the table in regards to North Korea (but not peace negotiations), including shooting down future test missiles.

Pyongyang believes its missile and nuclear programs act as deterrence against a potential invasion by its adversaries, particularly the US.

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