US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has urged for “something serious has to happen” to punish the North Korean regime for violating UN sanctions after Pyongyang launch of a missile over Japan, .
The Security Council was expected to meet late on Tuesday to discuss actions after Donald Trump announced “all options are on the table” for the US following the launch of what is believed to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) – either a KN-17 or Hwasong-12 – over the northern part of Hokkaido.
It is Pyongyang’s 13th missile test this year, but the first one over a populated area in Japan – such tests are rare.
Mr Trump, who has vowed not to let North Korea develop nuclear missiles that can hit the mainland United States, said the world had received North Korea’s latest message “loud and clear”.
“Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table,” Mr Trump said in a statement.
Mr Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke and agreed that North Korea “poses a grave and growing direct threat” to the United States, Japan and South Korea, the White House said.
Ms Haley said the launch was “absolutely unacceptable and irresponsible” and that “enough is enough”.
Ms Haley said she hoped China and Russia would continue to work with the rest of the Security Council to discuss what more can be done about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes. China and Russia typically only view a test of a long-range missile or a nuclear weapon as a trigger for further possible UN sanctions.
The Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea earlier this month after it staged two long-range missile launches in July.
Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia – responding to Mr Trump’s statement – said: “It’s troubling, because tensions are high and whose nerves are stronger, we don’t know.”
China’s Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the crisis was “approaching a critical juncture”, but it might also be a turning point to open the door to peace talks.
It was reported recently that US Intelligence officials had deduced that the isolated regime of North korean leader Kim Jong-un has developed the ability to place a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Rhetoric has been steadily escalating since. In the wake of that news, Mr Trump said Pyongyang would face “fire and fury” if it…