US, China held rare security meeting after North Korea launch

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"If they would be willing to close their missions in North Korea altogether, that is also something we would be supportive of", she said, while adding that Tillerson had not specifically asked in his meeting with Gabriel for Germany to recall its ambassador.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile eastward from a site about 30 kilometers north of Pyongyang at around 3:17 am on November 29, according to the ministry.

On Thursday, North Korea's state media released photos of the Hwasong-15 launch.

Russia's foreign minister has accused the USA ambassador to the United Nations of a "bloodthirsty" stance on North Korea that could significantly worsen tensions. "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed". However, the leader was seen celebrating the launch on Wednesday, after it was accomplished, with the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) publishing photos with a smiling Kim Jong-un inspecting missile equipment.

Ms Haley warned that "continued acts of aggression" were only serving to further destabilise the region. "We have repeatedly stated that the pressure of sanctions has been exhausted", Lavrov said on Thursday.

"The Americans should explain to all of us what they are trying to do - if they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea they should come clean about it, and the American leadership should confirm it", he told reporters. But China has refused to turn off its pipeline shipping crude to the North Beijing fears that taking tougher actions could cause the regime to collapse, triggering a refugee crisis across its border with the North and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the United States military in South Korea. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump threatened to impose "major sanctions" against Pyongyang.

While doubts remain over the missile's actual ability to deliver a heavy nuclear warhead to distant targets in the US, North Korea carried out the launch with the speed and stealthiness that suggest a capability to pull off a real-world nuclear strike on the US.

Previous U.S. administrations have failed to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and a sophisticated missile program.

China is a historic ally and North Korea's most important trading partner and Pyongyang is thought to be dependent on China for much of its oil supplies.

During a speech in St. Charles, Mo., on November 29, President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" and "sick puppy".

Trump's tweets further inflamed tensions reignited this week after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a "breakthrough" that put the USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

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