US Could Speed Up North Korea Sanctions In Response To Missile Test

North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!

North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they are seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped weapon that can hit the USA mainland.

North Korea test-launched a missile on Saturday that appeared to have failed within minutes, its fourth successive failed launch since March. It complained this week that the Security Council rejected its request last month to discuss U.S.-South Korea military exercises it says are a rehearsal for invasion.

South Korea's military said the missile, fired from the Pukchang region in a northeasterly direction, reached an altitude of 71 km before disintegrating a few minutes into flight.

North Korea's previous missile launch was on April 16, the day after huge military parade in Pyongyang to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of founder Kim Il Sung.

He added that the United States "will not hesitate" in imposing sanctions against non-U.S. companies that are helping the North Korean regime and declared that China has a "unique" influence on Pyongyang.

"We must work together to adopt a new approach and impose increased diplomatic and economic pressure on the North Korean regime".

He praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping for "trying very hard" to rein in Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted another missile launch Friday night. He has also said he would prefer to resolve the issue through diplomacy.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, left, talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after a meeting of the Security Council at United Nations headquarters, Friday, April 28, 2017.

"We are analyzing additional information", South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But China says the United States must not over-estimate the influence it has over its neighbour. He also stressed that the Trump administration will only engage in talks with Pyongyang when it exhibits "a good faith commitment" to implement Security Council resolutions "and their past promises to end their nuclear programs".

"The policy of strategic patience is over", Tillerson said.

"I don't share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States ... once they have the capability", Harris told the House Armed Services Committee.

"If North Korea's test continue to fail, this will not enhance its deterrence, and may instead cause contempt from the U.S., Japan and South Korea".

In February, China said it was suspending for the rest of the year coal imports that are an important revenue source for North Korea.

"It's illegal, it should not be done, it's another provocative action by North Korea".

The military options under active consideration include displays of USA power in the region meant to deter North Korea and reassure US allies South Korea, the official said. Although South Korea is not now on the council it will also address the meeting.

"Clearly conditions are not there right now", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Tillerson will have separate meetings Friday with British Foreign Secretary Johnson, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. They said the USA ship is expected to refuel other American warships, including the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group.

  • Leroy Wright