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Russian FM: Haley's North Korea statement 'bloodthirsty'

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Howard Terry | 04 December, 2017, 01:00

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.

On Thursday, North Korea's state media released photos of the Hwasong-15 launch.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States had called on countries to scale back or cut ties with North Korea as part of an effort to pressure Pyongyang to give up its weapons programs. While Haley remarked that the "North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed" in such a war, she neglected to mention the damage that South Korea, and possibly the United States, could also face from a North Korean nuclear attack.

Haley's remarks followed Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile test.

Elleman said the missile was large and powerful enough to carry simple decoys or other countermeasures to challenge US missile defenses.

The claim was not proven and experts have cast doubt on the country's ability to master such technology.

Kim Jong Un just sent clear messages to President Donald Trump.

A photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the launching of the Hwasong-15 missile.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said sanctions were exhausted. "And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed". But China has refused to turn off its pipeline shipping crude to the North Beijing fears that taking tougher actions could cause the regime to collapse, triggering a refugee crisis across its border with the North and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the U.S. military in South Korea.

The US remains determined to stop North Korea from building a credible nuclear force, but it's looking less likely it will be able to do so diplomatically.

The test follows record-high tensions with the USA and North Korea sentencing President Donald Trump to death for his insults against its dictatorial regime and Trump placing North Korea on the state sponsors of terror list.

"We know the main driver of its nuclear production is oil", she said.

China is a historic ally and North Korea's most important trading partner and Pyongyang is thought to be dependent on China for much of its oil supplies.

Speaking in Missouri, the U.S. leader derided Mr Kim, describing him as a "sick puppy" and "little rocket man".

She said Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are taking every step possible to protect Americans and achieve the ultimate goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea said on Wednesday it had successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

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