Poland condemns North Korea long-range missile test

Kim Jong Un just sent clear messages to President Donald Trump.   Reuters  KCNA

"The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it", United States ambassador Nikki Haley told the council.

The results are in from North Korea's latest missile test, and it looks as if the country's weapons program is advancing despite the US's best efforts.

Now both the nature and the timing of North Korea's missile launch suggests that Kim Jong Un can hold the White House under threat, and has no interest any olive branches it extends.

Generals from the USA and China met quietly on Wednesday for security talks on how their countries' militaries might coordinate in the event of a crisis. While speaking at an emergency United Nations security council meeting, Haley said that the country's regime will be "utterly destroyed" if it started a war. -South Korea alliance and added: "Both leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to compelling North Korea to return to the path of denuclearization at any cost".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Washington's approach was dangerously provocative.

The US has repeatedly said that it will not accept North Korea as a nuclear power and that it will consider military intervention to stop it.

China also suggested the North should stop the tests in return for a halt to USA military exercises - a proposal Washington has rejected in the past.

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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. "You don't bully or play games with nuclear weapons", Haley said. "The major supplier of that oil is China".

The US's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Wednesday said that the US was not seeking war with North Korea but that the latest launch "brings us closer to war".

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.

US -based experts, some of whom have been skeptical about past North Korean claims to have put all of the United States in range, said data from the latest test and the photos appeared to confirm North Korea has a missile of sufficient power to deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere in America.

The Friday festivities were attended by key military and political figures, while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un missed the celebrations.

Mr Xi responded by telling Mr Trump it was Beijing's "unswerving goal to maintain peace and stability in north-east Asia and denuclearise the Korean peninsula", Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

On Wednesday, North Korea launched its third and most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts now believe could reach the mainland United States.

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