UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

Judith QuinnMay 17, 2017

Admiral Harry Harris, the top U.S. commander in Asia-Pacific, has warned against military escalation on the Korean Peninsula, saying missile tests by Pyongyang are "a recipe for a disaster".

"We're not going to continue to just say go ahead and test as often as you want", Haley said, flanked by the South Korean and Japanese ambassadors.

Washington and Beijing - the North's sole diplomatic and military ally - are working on a new Council resolution targeting Pyongyang, she added.

Another defense official also indicated that the missile fired on Sunday also fell short of succeeding in re-entry, a key ballistic missile technology the North is reportedly struggling to achieve.

The Security Council "strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launches" conducted by Pyongyang on April 28 and May 13, the 15-nation UN body said in a press statement.

He said the council is exploring many different avenues to proceed and "clearly sanctions are a way to go", but also diplomacy.

Besides worries about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link Pyongyang with the WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday. In her remarks, she warned nations around the world not to economically assist the nation.

Haley noted that this weekend's missile came within 60 miles of Russia's border and said Russian Federation is "all wrong". The missile flew some 700km (435 miles), reaching an altitude of 2,000km and landing in the sea west of Japan.

Haley said the USA and China have been working on "a unified plan" on how to approach North Korea that would include stronger implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions.

North Korea has been developing a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland United States mounted with a nuclear warhead.

"The U.S., we are willing to talk - but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and any tests there".

"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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