US Sends Nuclear Sniffer Plane To Korea

Ashley Carr
April 22, 2017

The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly-worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the USA agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang.

"Everyone came together", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters.

"We are closely watching the situation and will not be letting our guards down".

It also expresses the council's "utmost concern" about North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of council resolutions.

The council demanded that North Korea should not to conduct further nuclear tests, adding illegal missile activities were "greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

The Russian military said on Friday it was not building up its forces near the border with North Korea, denying earlier media reports which said it was, the Interfax news agency reported, citing an army spokesman.

US and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that the North could soon stage another nuclear test in violation of United Nations sanctions, something both the United States and China have warned against.

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In conjunction with the US military forces, whose support it has, South Korea has been conducting training exercises as it does annually. None of the U.S. officials who said about the heightened level of activity by Chinese bombers suggested alarm or signalled that they knew the precise reason for such activity.

Mr Trump has called on China, Pyongyang's only ally, to rein in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but has threatened to act alone to "solve" the problem if necessary.

China's Defence Ministry said its forces on the border with North Korea were maintaining a state of normal combat preparedness and training.

The North conducted two nuclear bomb tests and 24 ballistic missile tests last year, defying Security Council sanctions resolutions banning any testing, and it has conducted additional missile tests this year, including the latest one on April 15 that failed. According to South Korean military sources, the move is aimed at subduing North Korea's intent to provoke the South into warfare.

North Korea carried out a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after displaying missiles at a parade in Pyongyang.

North Korean's threat of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States homefront has created "a very risky situation", Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) said on Thursday.

The joint US-South Korea military drills are due to finish at the end of April, and a US aircraft carrier strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson, is also heading towards the Korean Peninsula, Trump's administration has said.

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