North Korea may cross ICBM threshold next year: U.S. report

Wednesday, 26 Jul, 2017

US President Donald Trump has spoken of dire consequences for North Korea amid its escalating missile tests.

At the time, China was blocking tougher measures pushed by the United States.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley directs comments to the Russian delegation at the conclusion of a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the recent ballistic missile launch by North Korea at U.N. headquarters in NY.

Therefore, the North Korean news agency warned that even "the slightest sign of an attempt to remove our supreme leadership" will lead to a "merciless blow" with its "powerful nuclear hammer."The Statement has raised high tension between the two nation". "We will not negotiate our way to talks", Thornton said.

The Chinese embassy in Washington didn't respond to requests for comment, but Beijing has said it opposes US unilateral sanctions against North Korea.

But while many USA -based analysts are calling the administration to roll out a comprehensive sanctions strategy, Ms. Thornton said Washington will move gradually.

As the Post article noted, atmospheric "reentry" is one of North Korea's last hurdles-making sure their missile can pass through the upper atmosphere without destroying the nuclear warhead.

Haley told reporters she was pleased with the initial response from China on a US proposal for new United Nations sanctions and said China had showed 'seriousness'.

"Once they get to that point it's going to be really dicey diplomatically around the world", Hanham said.

The US defense Department is very concerned about such intentions of the DPRK and said that it is ready to defend itself and allies for military action.

"From the administration's perspective, the most important thing we can do is separate those two".

The July 4 missile test also caught South Korea's intelligence service off guard, prompting a hasty revision of forecasts, according to South Korean lawmakers who have received closed-door briefings.

The Russian Defense Ministry questioned Pyongyang's assertions that the missile was in effect an ICBM.

"I think that everyone that we have dealt with acknowledges it's an ICBM", Haley said. The nature of these military exercises goes beyond securing a border, and they mimic fighting a nuclear-armed adversary.

Beijing, which could play a role in handling a refugee crisis, should the North Korean regime collapse, has now assembled forces sufficient to shape the outcome of any conflict between the West and Pyongyang.

Yonhap also reported an 1,800-ton North Korean submarine was spotted in the Sea of Japan which "may be collecting data" to prepare for a test-launch from the North's largest submarine.