United States ambassador: North Korea missile 'brings us closer to war'

Randolph Lopez
December 4, 2017

Wicker was making his comments at nearly the same time that Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, was warning China that it must cut off its remaining oil shipments to North Korea.

Trump's tweets further inflamed tensions reignited this week after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a "breakthrough" that put the US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

'If someone really wants to use force to, as the U.S. representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea. then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake, ' Lavrov said. "But they have to cut the labels off the clothes before they bring them back to North Korea", she said, chuckling.

Evans noted that, ultimately, for China it was important to secure its strategic interests, and that meant stopping US influence spreading in the region.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley further escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula Wednesday by warning that North Korea would be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out and suggesting that if China doesn't shut off its oil shipments to Pyongyang, the U.S. would.

China has already ordered the closure of North Korean businesses in the country and told Chinese companies they can not hire new workers from the North or renew contracts.

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"This administration is focused on one big thing when it comes to North Korea, and that's denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a regular White House briefing.

The threat of a military confrontation is making China rethink its resistance to discussing contingencies involving North Korea, according to experts. China must show leadership and follow through.

China and Russian Federation objected to that idea in the latest United Nations sanctions resolution.

Mr Trump also "emphasised the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearisation". "All the CSTO members support the resolution of the UN Security Council".

What worsens that situation, Wicker went on to say, is that China remains an adversary of the United States and its allies because it wants to dominate the Pacific Ocean.

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