United State is prepared to use force to prevent North Korea from becoming a nuclear-armed state, the US ambassador to the UN says.
Speaking at an emergency UN Security Council meeting, ambassador Nikki Haley warned North Korea’s regular missile launches were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution”.
Heley said Pyongyang’s test of a missile capable of reaching Alaska made the world “a more dangerous place”, adding that the US would use its military to intervene “if we must”.
Echoing President Trump’s criticism of China, Ms Haley warned Beijing that it risked its trading relationship with the US unless it enforced UN sanctions on North Korea.
The US will propose new UN sanctions in the coming days, which Russia said it would oppose as they “will not resolve the issue”.
Russian ambassador Vladimir Safronkov warned that military options were “inadmissible”, adding that the UN was heading “towards a stalemate”.
Meanwhile, China’s UN ambassador Liu Jieyi said Beijing “has always been firmly opposed to chaos and conflict on the Korean peninsula”, adding that military action was “not an option”.
In response to Tuesday’s launch, US and South Korean soldiers fired “deep strike” precision missiles into South Korean territorial waters.
Military officials said the launches were a show of force to demonstrate US-South Korean solidarity.
SOURCE: Sky news