North Korea's missile not a threat against US - Mattis

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspects artillery launchers ahead of a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army

Washington needs to shed light on its intentions before proceeding with any campaign to halt North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

If elected, Japan would serve as a nonpermanent member from January 2023 to December 2024.

US-based experts, some of whom have been sceptical about past North Korean claims, said last month that data and photos from the test appeared to confirm North Korea had a missile of sufficient power to deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere in America.

"All of these steps force us to wonder about the sincerity of statements that suggest that there is a preference for a peaceful approach to resolving the crisis" by the United States, Nebenzia said. "When we're ready to have conversations ... dialogues, that will be up to the president and secretary of state".

That remark caused the White House to reiterate President Trump's views on the situation "have not changed".

Pyongyang's assertion of ambitions to global supremacy came on Friday after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council, "The situation on the Korean Peninsula is the most tense and unsafe peace and security issue in the world today". "It's my responsibility to remind the Security Council that they should develop a comprehensive assessment of the possible impact of their sanctions".

The top U.S. diplomat, who met Thursday with Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis, urged countries in the room to do more than just meet the letter of UN Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea - and called out Moscow and Beijing in particular.

"A sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behaviour must occur before talks can begin", Mr Tillerson said at a United Nations Security Council meeting. In September, North Korea tested what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

Tillerson added: "We will in the meantime keep our channels of communication open". Tillerson also said about full military readiness of the United States due to persistent provocations from Pyongyang, but affirmed that the diplomatic efforts will continue "until the first bomb drops".

"It is time to re-establish and strengthen communication channels, including inter-Korean and military to military channels". He noted that after about two months of quiet on North Korea's part, the USA held massive military drills with South Korea and then announced it was placing Pyongyang on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

China's deputy United Nations ambassador, Wu Haitao, called for early resumption of dialogue. North Korea continues to develop its nuclear and missile capabilities.

The secretary-general reiterated that since the beginning of the year North Korea carried out 20 ballistic missile launches and one nuclear test. Guterres said he was concerned about "unintended escalation or miscalculation", which he said was being increased by "misplaced confidence, risky narratives and the lack of communications channels".

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