US warns N Korea of ‘utter destruction’; calls for countries to sever ties with ‘rogue’ nation
The United States on Thursday warned Kim Jong-Un’s regime that North Korea would be “utterly destroyed” if a standoff over its missile tests leads to a war.
The country added that all countries need to sever economic and diplomatic ties with Pyongyang to punish it for its “acts of aggression”.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea’s latest missile launch, US ambassador to the world body Nikki Haley said Pyongyang had brought the world closer to war with its latest test of a ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland, its most advanced yet.
The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea on Tuesday, and travelled about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone.
The U.S. along with Japan and South Korea had called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council after North Korea’s missile launch.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday spoke by telephone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country is an economic lifeline for North Korea, and asked him to put more pressure on Pyongyang. Mr. Trump also asked Mr. Xi to cut off China’s crude oil supplies to North Korea.
She said the development of North Korea’s missile systems demanded that countries further isolate the regime of Kim Jong Un.>