Published: Вс, Сентября 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United Nations Security Council condemns highly provocative North Korea missile launch

United Nations Security Council condemns highly provocative North Korea missile launch

The worry is less about a full-blown attack from the North on its neighbours (an unlikely possibility given that Kim is not suicidal) and more the prospect of low-level provocations - for example, the shelling by the North of contested border territories near the Northern Limit Line between North and South Korea, or use of cyber attacks to disrupt United States and allied command and control operations.

"We are discussing for a while that we are really in a vicious circle: We have a provocation, a resolution and then another provocation", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said, "We absolutely can not accept these repeated provocations by North Korea and we strongly protest to North Korea and convey to them the nation's strong anger in the strongest words possible". Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds. The US must follow through on Defence Secretary Mattis's much needed "iron-clad" guarantees to Japan and South Korea by reinforcing America's military presence in the region.

But it's a "new day" at the U.N., said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Russian Federation is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.

Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border. And there's little sign that talks involving the U.S., North Korea and other interested countries can be arranged amid the nearly weekly barrage of weapons tests and threats, let alone stop the North's determined nuclear march.

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North Korea fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan that landed in the Pacific, responding to new United Nations sanctions with its furthest-ever missile flight. He called on China and Russian Federation in particular to use their ultimate leverage over North Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who ran on a platform of improved relations and expanded dialogue with Pyongyang, said after Thursday's missile launch that "dialogue is impossible in a situation like this". "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson demanded.

US options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un. Dictator Kim Jong-un has repeatedly threatened to attack both Guam and Japan with missiles, possibly using nuclear warheads.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test.

The United Nations reacted strongly after North Korea tested a weaponanalysts say has the explosive power of 250 kilotons of TNT, passing the new sanctions on September 11.

At the beginning of this year, North Korea's Kim announced plans to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the USA mainland.

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