US ‘done talking about North Korea’, China must act, UN envoy Nikki Haley says

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July 31, 2017 07:34:51

The United States is “done talking about North Korea”, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has warned after North Korea fired its second long-range missile this month.

Key points:

  • Nikki Haley says North Korea is not just a US problem
  • North fired intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday
  • US flies bombers over Korean Peninsula

“Done talking about North Korea. China is aware they must act,” Ms Haley posted on Twitter.

“Japan and South Korea must increase pressure. Not only a US problem. It will require an international solution.”

She then posted a link to photos of the United States, Japan and South Korea conducting bomber jet drills over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday.

The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers as a show of force after Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday.

Ms Haley later said in a statement that any new UN Security Council resolution “that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value”.

“China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step. The time for talk is over,” she said.

The Chinese mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United States has been in talks with North Korean ally China on a draft UN Security Council resolution to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea.

Ms Haley gave China a draft text after North Korea’s July 4 ICBM test.

She said last Tuesday that the United States had been making progress with China.

Some diplomats had expected the United States, Japan and South Korea to ask for the 15-member UN Security Council to meet on Monday over the test, but no such request has yet been made.

Such a meeting would set the stage for a likely showdown between the United States and Russia over whether Friday’s launch was a long-range rocket test.

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