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U.S. urges world to cut ties with N Korea

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Dexter Carr | 04 December, 2017, 01:03

Trump's comments were followed by United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley saying the ballistic missile launch "brings us closer to war".

In an analysis for the Washington-based 38 North think tank, missile expert Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said the North Korean photos showed a missile considerably larger than its predecessor.

Generals from the US and China met quietly on Wednesday for security talks on how their countries' militaries might coordinate in the event of a crisis. "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

The claim was not proven and experts have cast doubt on the country's ability to master such technology. However, the leader was seen celebrating the launch on Wednesday, after it was accomplished, with the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) publishing photos with a smiling Kim Jong-un inspecting missile equipment.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Washington's approach was dangerously provocative.

"So long as North Korea can hit US cities with thermonuclear warheads, they probably don't need the ability to hit every city they target or target specific aim points within those cities to convince the USA leadership that war with North Korea would be too expensive to contemplate".

"Initial calculations indicate the new missile could deliver a moderately sized nuclear weapon to any city on the US mainland", Elleman said. But China has refused to turn off its pipeline shipping crude to the North Beijing fears that taking tougher actions could cause the regime to collapse, triggering a refugee crisis across its border with the North and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the United States military in South Korea.

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"In the face of Pyongyang's escalating provocations, Poland advocates an effective implementation of harsher sanctions imposed on the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] by the UN Security Council".

"We know the main driver of its nuclear production is oil", she said.

"We need China to do more", Ms Haley said on Wednesday. China is North Korea's neighbor and its sole major trading partner.

US President Donald Trump dismissed a Chinese diplomatic effort to rein in North Korea's weapons program as a failure on Thursday, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing was doing a lot, but could do more to limit oil supplies to Pyongyang.

"After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power", a statement read on state-run television in North Korea stated.

North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15 on November 29, which Pyongyang claims is capable of reaching any target in the continental United States.

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