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U.S. and North Korea trade angry recriminations at UN Security Council meeting

July 22 2018, 11:58 | Alonzo Simpson

U.S. and North Korea trade angry recriminations at UN Security Council meeting

U.S. and North Korea trade angry recriminations at UN Security Council meeting

Tillerson also said about full military readiness of the USA due to persistent provocations from Pyongyang, but affirmed that the diplomatic efforts will continue "until the first bomb drops". He said its possession of nuclear weapons was self-defense against "U.S. nuclear threat and blackmail".

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono urged the global community to maximize pressure on North Korea "by all means available", saying there is no other way to get Pyongyang to curb its escalating nuclear and missile programs.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's declaration before the United Nations Security Council marked an about-face after he proposed discussions with Pyongyang without preconditions earlier this week.

The Trump administration has not publicly disclosed what it knows about what happened to the missile's re-entry vehicle, which detaches from the missile body during flight and is designed to protect warheads from heat creating by re- entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

We remain open to dialogue when North Korea is willing to conduct a serious and credible dialogue on the peaceful denuclearization, but that time is not now.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "The US will use all measures necessary to defend itself, but we also keep our channels of communication open". He noted that after about two months of quiet on North Korea's part, the U.S. held massive military drills with South Korea and then announced it was placing Pyongyang on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Washington needs to shed light on its intentions before proceeding with any campaign to halt North Korea's nuclear ambitions. The spokesman, who was not authorized to be quoted by name and requested anonymity, said that given North Korea's most recent missile test, now was not the time for talks.

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During the United Nations meeting, Tillerson urged countries to continue to stick to the sanctions and specifically called out Russian Federation and China to increase pressure.

"The hope for peace is not totally obliterated", said Chinese Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao.

The UN's World Food Programme, Unicef, the World Health Organisation and the UN Development Programme all have operations in North Korea. "We do not regard this claim as an empty threat". These incoherent power games are never going to win the trust of any country, let alone North Korea.

Rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, which conducted its largest nuclear test in September and fired off a powerful ICBM in late November, have raised deep concern worldwide.

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, the secretary-general noted that he is deeply concerned by "the risk of military confrontation, including as a result of unintended escalation or miscalculation".

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Pennington, Edith M. Lederer, Mari Yamaguchi, Jerry Harmer and Ken Moritsugu of The Associated Press; and by Nick Wadhams, Kambiz Foroohar and Justin Sink of Bloomberg News.

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