North Korea vows missile tests 'any time, any place', defying United States warnings

A woman walks by a TV news program showing images of North Korean missile launch published in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper at Seoul Railway station in Seoul South Korea Monday

North Korea vows missile tests 'any time, any place', defying United States warnings

The United States is ready to start dialogue with the leadership of North Korea, but not until Pyongyang stops missile launches and halts its nuclear program, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy the United States in a sea of flames, has accused Washington of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war with recent military drills with South Korea and Japan.

Washington and Beijing - the North's sole diplomatic and military ally - are working on a new Council resolution targeting Pyongyang, she added. "They have really tried to help us in our communications with North Korea".

In a statement, the 15-member Council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no further such tests.

Pyongyang should "conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", it said.

There is ample possibility for the council to use sanctions to respond to the current situation without closing other options "through creative, subtle and peaceful diplomacy", Rosselli said.

The day after the launch, North Korea claimed the fired missile, called Hwasong-12, reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers, suggesting that it was a new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile. China is North Korea's main ally at the United Nations and has in the past advocated for direct negotiations rather than economic and military punishment.

No draft resolution was circulated to the full council, but Haley said the United States was working with China on a text.

Haley said the US and China have been working on "a unified plan" on how to approach North Korea that would include stronger implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions.

The U.N. Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

"It is considered an IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile) of enhanced calibre", he said, referring to a class of missile created to travel up to 3,000 to 4,000 km (1,860 to 2,485 miles).

At the same time, President Donald Trump has said he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

"We're not going to continue to just say go ahead and test as often as you want", Haley said, flanked by the South Korean and Japanese ambassadors.

"We're not trying to do any of those things", she said.

"The United States is not past looking at third country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions on them", Haley said.

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