Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un laughs while observing the test-fire of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile, called "Hwasong-12", on May 14, 2017.

She confirmed that the USA and China - North Korea's only ally in the region - were working together on a new Security Council resolution targeting North Korea.

Washington-US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American to hold a cabinet rank, pledged that the US plans to "tighten the screws" on North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

No draft resolution has been circulated to the 15 council members, but the United States is in talks with China on a possible new sanctions resolution that would ratchet up the pressure on Pyongyang.

Communications were severed by the North past year, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following North Korea's fifth nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.

"We're not going to continue to just say go ahead and test as often as you want", Haley said, flanked by the South Korean and Japanese ambassadors.

The United Nations Security Council on Monday strongly condemned a weekend missile launch by North Korea.

Haley said the Security Council is going to send a strong and unified message to North Korea that "the worldwide community wants to support you but as long as you test, and as long as you continue your nuclear program, you are on an island by yourself".

Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese leaders that he said focused on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

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"That's what we are working on now".

Asked whether North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than expected, he said: "Yes".

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it", Haley said. Haley said, adding that Russian Federation had it "all wrong".

"We can not be in a "wait and see" mode until the next provocation occurs".

"We are living in the reality where there is a high possibility of military clashes" along the disputed sea border off the Koreas' west coast or along the heavily-fortified land frontier that divides them, he said.

He also obliquely criticized China for throwing up obstacles to the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where Beijing has constructed island bases in the disputed waters, saying "we should fly, be able to fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows".

But the Pentagon is skeptical whether Pyongyang has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth's atmosphere.

Moon, who was sworn in last week, warned that the North's nuclear and rocket programs were "advancing rapidly", days after Pyongyang launched what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet.

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