UN Security Council to hold ministerial meeting on North Korea

UN Security Council to hold ministerial meeting on North Korea

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called on North Korea on Wednesday to stop its weapons tests and for the United States and South Korea not to hold military drills in December as it would "inflame an already explosive situation". The test prompted a furious response from the USA with the country's ambassador to the United Nations warning Wednesday that the regime could be "utterly destroyed" if its provocations started a military conflict.

North Korea has been accelerating its threat to the U.S. and to the globe with recent missile tests.

Haley said the United States has asked China to cut off oil supply to North Korea, a drastic step that Beijing - the North's neighbor and sole major trading partner - has so far refrained from doing.

"The Chinese envoy who has just returned from North Korea seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man", Trump tweeted, deploying his favourite insult for Kim.

"Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such disgusting conditions".

"China could bring the North Korea regime to its knees", Sen. Both Russia and China wield a veto at the UN Security Council.

Bessho, who is this month's council president, said members are discussing a "product" from the ministerial meeting, but it isn't clear whether it might be a statement or a resolution.

The Chinese and Russians is likely to applaud such an offer; they can at least claim partial credit since it involves a freeze.

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"We have been working with Pyongyang".

China could control North Korea's regime but doesn't see the need to do so - at least not yet, says a US senator.

Tillerson's remarks echo those made on Wednesday by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who stressed that the nations of the world "have it within our power to further isolate, diminish and, God willing, reverse the unsafe course of the North Korean regime".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of seeking to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile programme. "We comply with the imposed sanctions".

Military servicemen and citizens gathered in Pyongyang on Friday to mark the country's completion of the "state nuclear force" with the Wednesday test of the Hwasong-15 missile, according to the Korean Central News Agency. It was the country's sixth nuclear test since 2006.

Seoul's defense ministry said Friday that the North's new missile could reach Washington, but more verification is needed on its missile technology including re-entry and terminal guidance system and warhead conditions.

A woman looks at a TV screen broadcasting news of North Korea's missile launch, in Tokyo, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Lavrov said that Russian Federation (which is itself under US sanctions for its annexation of Crimea in 2014) is against USA proposals for an economic blockade of North Korea and believed the sanctions pressure has exhausted itself.

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