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UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay
21 April 2017, 05:06 | Erica Roy
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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.
"Everyone came together", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters.
North Korean state media threatened to launch a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike" that would reduce South Korea and the United states "to ashes".
The Bush administration had removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 2008 after North Korea agreed to continue disabling a plutonium plant and permit access for inspections to verify that it froze its nuclear program.
Council diplomats, speaking anonymously because discussions were private, said the US, which is in charge of drafting council statements and resolutions on North Korea, had dropped the call for "dialogue" as part of its effort to toughen the text.
Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.
Tensions have increasingly increased between North Korea and the United States in recent weeks.
Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis - China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia - must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from Pyongyang. While it's not entirely known what a North Korean strike might look like, South Korea is remaining vigilant and may deploy a new missile defense system.
"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Pence said on the deck of an American aircraft carried docked in Japan.
The U.S. Defence Department does not comment on deployments of the WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft used to collect samples from the atmosphere to detect and analyse nuclear explosions.
Russian Federation on Wednesday blocked UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile test even though China had backed the strongly-worded statement put forward by the United States, diplomats said.
South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs hailed the UNSC action. "Through this exercise, I am sure we can deter war and remove our enemy's intention to provoke us".
But he warned: "They are doing a lot of bluster and a lot of threats, and they might misplay that hand and blunder into a war".
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