US will tighten screws on North Korea, says Nikki Haley

Jeannette Daniel
May 17, 2017

Admiral Harry Harris, the top USA commander in Asia-Pacific, on Tuesday said continued missile launches by North Korea emphasize the importance of the alliance between Japan and the United States, as well as the trilateral cooperation of Washington, Tokyo and Seoul.

South Korea has "been informed only of the fact that the North Korean missile was detected over the phone and through word of mouth".

"If you are supporting North Korea, you are against the rest of the global community", Haley said.

The missile, which the North's media said can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, could reach the U.S. state of Hawaii if it was sacked on a normal trajectory, American experts warn.

There is ample possibility for the council to use sanctions to respond to the current situation without closing other options "through creative, subtle and peaceful diplomacy", Rosselli said.

Asked whether North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than expected, he said: "Yes".

"The test-firing of ICBMs will occur at any time and place, at the will of North Korea's highest leadership", North Korea's ambassador to China, Ji Jae Ryong, told reporters in Beijing on Monday, a day before the UN Security Council meets in NY to discuss the test.

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While in Tokyo, Harris met Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada for talks that focused primarily on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned North Korea's latest missile test and warned of new sanctions, BBC reports.

No draft resolution was circulated to the full council, but Haley said the United States was working with China on a text.

The South Korean military has said that the descending rate of the Hwasong-12 missile was somewhere between Mach 15 and 24, which falls short of the minimum falling rate of Mach 24 that any intercontinental ballistic missile would have recorded.

"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong-un is a recipe for a disaster", Harris said.

"It's the furthest we've seen one fly", the official said, adding that military experts were assessing the missile's re-entry capabilities.

"We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any tests there", Haley said.

"The United States is not past looking at third country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions on them", Haley said.

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