U.S. ambassador: North Korea missile 'brings us closer to war'

U.S. ambassador: North Korea missile 'brings us closer to war'

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly warned of a military scenario for North Korea, and recently included the country on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, paving the way for more sanctions.

Implementing sanctions, then, has been a way for China to "punish" North Korea and yet it has suggested it was prepared to defend the country if the US attacked it, according to an editorial in Chinese state run newspaper The Global Times.

North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire east coast of the United States "brings us closer" to a war, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley has warned.

"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. "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

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.

In sharp contrast, however, comments in China's state media about the latest test and sanctions were more direct, with some even putting the blame for the launch on the United States.




North Korea launched its most powerful missile yet earlier this week.

One option for North Korean partners of joint ventures in China is to sell out ahead of when sanctions take effect in January.

North Korea's Hwasong intercontinental ballistic missile is lauched at an undisclosed location. "China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands", Haley said.

However, Tillerson may not remain in his job long, with disagreements with Trump over North Korea being one factor.

Mr Trump also "emphasised the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearisation".

What worsens that situation, Wicker went on to say, is that China remains an adversary of the United States and its allies because it wants to dominate the Pacific Ocean.

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