Poland condemns North Korea long-range missile test


The new missile appears to be significantly bigger than the Hwasong-14 ICBM the North tested twice in July, the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Friday in a report carried by the South's Yonhap news agency.

Experts say the height reached by the inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) indicates Washington could be within range, although North Korea is yet to prove it has reached its aim of miniaturising a nuclear warhead.

Images released by North Korea on Thursday appeared to show it has succeeded in developing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon anywhere in the United States, and it could be only two or three tests away from being declared combat ready, US -based experts said Thursday.

She noted that Trump has been building a stronger relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and China voted with the USA and the rest of the United Nations Security Council last month to approve new sanctions against North Korea.

"We know the main driver of its nuclear production is oil", she said. While Trump has been bellicose at times in rhetoric toward North Korea, Tillerson has persistently held out hopes for a return to dialogue if North Korea shows it is willing to give up its nuclear weapons program. This is important given the calls for a tightening of global sanctions against North Korea.

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Russia's foreign minister has accused the US ambassador to the United Nations of a "bloodthirsty" stance on North Korea that could significantly worsen tensions.

"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". Joseph Dunford's office said in a statement to the AP. Officials also said the meeting was not focused on any particular topic, including North Korea. "Naturally we are discussing with our European colleagues whether it's necessary to further increase the diplomatic pressure", Gabriel told reporters.

"We are stuck. We have to adapt to North Korea as a nuclear power, and we will actually". It has said its weapons programs are a necessary defense against US plans to invade. USA ambassador Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday that Washington has asked China to cut off the supply of oil to North Korea, a drastic step that Beijing has so far refrained from taking.

Referring to North Korea's declaration of its completion of "state nuclear force", Haley said that "the North Korean regime misses something very important". "You don't bully or play games with nuclear weapons", Haley said.

"And I don't mean 'Big for North Korea.' Only a few countries can produce missiles of this size, and North Korea just joined the club".