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US, Allies 'Will Not Be Intimidated' by North Korea

US, Allies 'Will Not Be Intimidated' by North Korea

McMaster said North Korea's recent launch demonstrates that it is one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems, he added.

"We are discussing for a while that we are really in a vicious circle: We have a provocation, a resolution and then another provocation", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters. "The United Nations, of course, holds tremendous potential to realize its founding ideals, but only if it's run more efficiently and effectively", McMaster said.

Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile. That plan seeks to set the stage for a resumption of talks after Pyongyang suspends its nuclear and ballistic missile activity and the USA and South Korea suspend their joint military exercises.

"At that point, you know, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do", Ambassador Nikki Haley said, claiming global sanctions already have cut off 90 percent of North Korea's trade and 30 percent of its oil.

Experts have long questioned if the US could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border. North Korea also has the world's largest standing army.

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With San Francisco or NY in Kim's cross-hairs, would President Trump risk war with the North to defend Seoul or Tokyo in a future crisis? The Security Council's reaction came a day after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile from Pyongyang over northern Japan yesterday. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson said.

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said in his address to air force personnel and families on the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force.

USA options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community", he said. "We must make North Korea understand this", Abe said. North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under Kim Jong Un's leadership to accelerate a weapons programme created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test.

Analysts are debating whether North Korea's shot over Japan was actually meant as a message to Guam as the ICBM flew far enough to theoretically reach the American island.