North Korea warns US of pre-emptive strike

The council said North Korea's illegal missile and nuclear activities "are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond" and expressed "utmost concern" at its "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of six United Nations sanctions resolutions. "So yes, we are evaluating all of those options", Tillerson told reporters at the State Department.

The remarks came after North Korea conducted a missile launch on Sunday that the USA declared as a failure.

The U.S. had accused Russian Federation on Wednesday of blocking the council statement by insisting on including a previous call for "dialogue".

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a statement condemning North Korea's latest missile launch.

Council statements are adopted by consensus among all 15 members.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley separately stressed that the onus was on North Korea to prevent an escalation.

In an escalating war of words with the U.S., North Korea warned Thursday of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" that would reduce American military forces in South Korea and the U.S. mainland "to ashes", according to The Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of North Korea's Workers' Party.

"We have said it as clearly as we can possibly say it".

Trump has focused his efforts on North Korea on trying to persuade China to put more pressure on its ally and could view any unusual Chinese military movements as supportive of this.

The newspaper said the strike "will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes".

US Vice President Mike Pence vowed on Wednesday that the United States would counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

"We believe that it is absolutely essential... that everybody is involved in order to make sure that everything is done so that the threat represented by the development in relation to missiles and in relation to nuclear capability - not become a threat to the global community", said Guterres.

Tensions have risen after U.S. President Donald Trump took a hard rhetorical line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programs seen by Washington as a direct threat.

  • Leroy Wright