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US Battles For Global Push On N.Korea Amid Russia, China Doubts

06 December 2017

"Nobody can infringe on our rights to sovereignty, survival and development as we have completed the state nuclear force", Pak Kwang-ho, a vice chairman of the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, was quoted as saying by the party's main newspaper Rodong Sinmun. All 15 council members strongly condemned North Korea's launch on Tuesday of its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile which South Korea's Defence Ministry said Friday is potentially capable of striking targets as far as 13,000 kilometres, which would put Washington within reach.

North Korea said the new missile soared to an altitude of about 4,475 km (2,780 miles) - more than 10 times the height of the International Space Station - and flew 950 km (590 miles) during its 53-minute flight.

The US has warned that North Korea's government will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out.

"China could bring the North Korea regime to its knees", Sen.

Reporting on Haley's speech, CNBC reported that President Donald Trump called China's president Wednesday morning - corresponding with Haley's speech - to tell him the time had come to stop the shipments.

Explaining the importance of an oil embargo, she said that when China cut off oil supplies to that country in 2003, Pyongyang came to the negotiating table. "We will take care" of the situation, the president reportedly wrote on Twitter.

However, the state-owned media outlet did not mention whether China had agreed to Trump's request regarding the oil.

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

The test-fired missile is a Hwasong-15 that is an updated version of an earlier missile, which suggests North Korea has improved its ability to strike the USA mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, 38 North, a website that monitors and analyzes North Korea, reported after the launch.

United Nations Security Council ministers will meet on december 15 to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missiles programs and the body will also meet separately this month to discuss human rights abuses in the North Asian country, an annual meeting that its ally China has tried to prevent for the past three years.

Trump kept the war of words going while speaking at a meeting in Missouri ridiculing Kim as a "sick puppy" and "little rocket man".

The photos also revealed a larger diameter missile, which could allow it to carry a larger warhead and use a more powerful engine, said David Wright of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a US -based nonprofit science advocacy group.

Mr Trump has been trying to apply more pressure on the hermit kingdom and re-designated them a state sponsor of terrorism, meaning the USA can enforce even more sanctions on Kim Jong-un's regime.

The missile launch was a more advanced missile compared to the Hwasong-14 which North Korea tested back in July. It was created to carry a "super-large heavy warhead".

US Battles For Global Push On N.Korea Amid Russia, China Doubts