Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

18 May, 2017, 09:46 | Author: Jonathon Greene

The United States said on Tuesday it believed it could persuade China to impose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea and warned that Washington would also target and "call out" countries supporting Pyongyang. "Kim Jong Un is not afraid to fail in public and every test he makes is a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world".

According to previous Security Council resolutions, the DPRK is banned from conducting any launches that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests or any other provocation.

The United States has been discussing possible new U.N. sanctions with Pyongyang's ally and neighbor China since a failed missile test about two weeks ago. Pyongyang defends its weapons programmes as necessary to counter USA hostility and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.

"It is actually North Korea trying to intimidate the global community", Haley said, "and Russian Federation itself should be concerned because that ballistic missile test was a signal to South Korea for their new elections, it was a signal to Russian Federation in how close it got, it was a signal to Japan being in the region, and it was a signal to us".

"The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL [Northern Limit Line] and military demarcation line", Reuters cited Moon as saying.

"If you are supporting North Korea, you are against the rest of the worldwide community", Haley said. He also said the North's nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly recently but that the South was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.

A top United States military officer has lashed out at North Korea for its latest missile test, calling it a "recipe for a disaster", as tensions continue in the Korean peninsula.

Moon's envoy to the United States, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, left for Washington on Wednesday. The launch was the latest defiance of United Nations sanctions and provides an early challenge for South Korea's new leader, Moon Jae-in, who has vowed to engage with the regime to bring peace to the peninsula.

The U.S. government has disclosed a plan to strongly stage a campaign to alienate saber-rattling North Korea from the global community in order to hold it responsible for its reckless acts and human rights violations, a U.S. broadcaster said Tuesday.

Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese leaders that he said focused on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

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