North Korea: US says “No Value” in UN security council meeting
- On Friday, North Korea test-fired a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), claiming it proved that the entire US was within striking range. The launch came three weeks after the state's first ICBM test.
Pyongyang said its tests proved that the entire US was within range.
On Sunday, the US military said a test of the Thaad equipment in Alaska had successfully brought down a projectile fired by the US Air Force over the Pacific. US B-1 bombers also conducted exercises over the Korean peninsula with South Korean and Japanese planes on Sunday.
US President Donald Trump has again criticised China for not doing enough to stop Pyongyang's weapons programme while making "hundreds of billions of dollars" in trade with the US.
Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" with China, adding that he would not allow it to "do nothing" about the isolated state.
The US says it will not call for a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea's missile tests because it would produce "nothing of consequence". Such a meeting would send a message to North Korea that the international community was unwilling to challenge it, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said.
Ms Haley said in a statement that North Korea was already subject to numerous Security Council resolutions that they "flout with impunity".
"An additional Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value," she said.
"In fact it is worse than nothing because it sends the message to the North Korean dictator that the international community is unwilling to seriously challenge him."
She urged China to rein in North Korea. "China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step. The time for talk is over," she added.
- source : BBC