After North Korea Missile Test, Rex Tillerson Offers Ambiguous 'No Comment'

It was the fourth time the Security Council has adopted a press statement on North Korea. "He is making it clear that, no matter what North Korea does, the United States won't commit to direct negotiations unless Pyongyang shows real willingness for disarmament".

Haley emphasised that at the Florida meeting "the most important conversation will be how we're going to be dealing with the nonproliferation of North Korea".

These developments have left the North Korean regime isolated and justifiably fearful for its future.

FILE - In this file image made from video released by KRT on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, North Korea launches four missiles in an undisclosed location North Korea.

Trump, in an interview with the Financial Times this week, said, "China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't".

The latest launch came after President Donald Trump threatened the United States was prepared to go it alone in bringing the North to heel if China did not step in.

On the very day he talked with journalists, Pyongyang launched another intermediate-range ballistic missile from a site on the Korean east coast.

The U.S. military's Pacific Command said initial assessments indicated the launch was of a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile, which would be the same kind North Korea test-launched in February.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The response of America's chief diplomat to North Korea's latest missile launch was an abrupt departure from the usual - which may be a turning point, analysts in Asia say.

Trump's national security adviser, HR McMaster, agreed in a phone call with his South Korean counterpart on the need to proceed with the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea after Wednesday's launch.

"Pyongyang's evolving ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program underscore the growing threat", Hyten said. South Korea and Japan - both important players in the global economy and close U.S. partners - are under immediate threat, whereas China and Russia, North Korea's two northern neighbours, are global nuclear powers with their own interests in the dispute.

Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at Sejong Institute outside Seoul, said that could come in the form of another nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile test after the summit.

"I've joked before that they don't mind being hated but they definitely hate to be ignored", Cossa said.

A spokesman of Moon Jae-in, a presidential candidate of the country's biggest Minjoo Party, criticized the missile launch, saying North Korea's repeated military provocations would only isolate the country and cause pressures and sanctions.



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