The UN Security Council today strongly condemned "highly provocative" launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea and demanded that the reclusive nation immediately halt such "outrageous" actions. "And at that point, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do", Haley said. "The United Kingdom stands with the people of Japan in face of this bad, egregious, illegal, provocative, reckless act by the North Korean regime, which once again demonstrates their complete disregard for the sovereignty and the citizens of one of their neighbours", the British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft told reporters after the meeting of the Security Council. The US must follow through on Defence Secretary Mattis's much needed "iron-clad" guarantees to Japan and South Korea by reinforcing America's military presence in the region.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for new sanctions "to be firmly imposed" in response to the latest North Korean missile test that violated Japanese airspace.
Experts have long questioned if the US could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.
On the other hand, the US and South Korea have announced diminishing willingness to talk to North Korea as it continues its provocative missile launches and nuclear tests. After the new sanctions were imposed Monday, North Korea called for the Security Council to be broken up, accusing it of being a "tool of evil" working for the United States.
Trump's United Nations envoy called North Korea "reckless". South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who ran on a platform of improved relations and expanded dialogue with Pyongyang, said after Thursday's missile launch that "dialogue is impossible in a situation like this". "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson said.
While Washington warns of military options, it says it still wants a peaceful solution.
Kim's sabre-ratling is both an attempt to challenge Donald Trump directly and an effort to drive a wedge between the United States and its key East Asian allies, Japan and South Korea. Dictator Kim Jong-un has repeatedly threatened to attack both Guam and Japan with missiles, possibly using nuclear warheads. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date. Some 25 million people live in the metropolitan area of Seoul, U.S. ally South Korea's capital, well within range of the North's extensive artillery.
Analysts are debating whether North Korea's shot over Japan was actually meant as a message to Guam as the ICBM flew far enough to theoretically reach the American island.
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