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North Korea rejects UNSC statement condemning its missile firing

17 May 2017, 12:50 | Violet Powell

Pyongyang Koryo Restaurant in Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. Source Trip Adviser

Pyongyang Koryo Restaurant in Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. Source Trip Adviser

The United States military stationed in South Korea has informed the host country of its detection of a recent North Korean missile launch, but important facts were omitted in the information sharing, sources said Wednesday.

North Korea said it was a test of the abilities of a "newly developed ballistic rocket".

Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations were private, said China never mentioned working with the USA on a new sanctions resolution, and both China and Russian Federation said they support a negotiated solution through dialogue.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a closed-door meeting of the 15-member U.N. Security Council on the missile launch, Haley made clear that Washington would only talk to North Korea once it halted its nuclear programme.

North Korea has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

Among the possible measures could be an oil embargo, trade bans and targeted sanctions on North Korean individuals and companies, but these hinge on China's willingness to apply such measures.

"The actions of North Korea are unacceptable to the world, really", the admiral said during discussions with Kishida.

North Korea on Tuesday rejected a United Nations Security Council press statement issued on Monday condemning its test-firing of a medium long-range ballistic missile.

"We have worked well with China", Haley said.

South Korea and the USA are now building a data-link system to share information gathered by the US -controlled THAAD radar and the Green Pine missile defense radar operated by the South Korean military.

On Monday morning, North Korea officially confirmed that it had conducted the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile a day before.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the launch of the Hwasong-12 missile on May 14 that reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and flew 787 kilometers.

Despite the push for a tougher stance, Haley held out the prospect of direct talks with North Korea, saying "we are willing to talk but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there".

"We're not trying to do any of those things", she said.

"The conversations that I have had. with my counterpart and in dealing with Beijing is that if (North Korea) did something else and if it looked to be long range, which this does, and if it looks like it is proactively leaning toward an ICBM, which it does, then we would take action", Haley said.

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