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UN condemns North Korea missile launch after Russia, US spar over words

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The proposed statement seen by AFP would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test on Sunday.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and beat any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence told 2,500 sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay.

Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its arms programs, including developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States and announcing that a declared priority is to develop a hydrogen bomb. The 15-member council has strengthened sanctions following each of North Korea's five nuclear tests.

South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance.The defence ministry said USA and South Korean air forces were conducting an annual training exercise, codenamed Max Thunder, until April 28.

Tensions have increasingly increased between North Korea and the USA in recent weeks.

"We are evaluating all of those options", Tillerson said, following recent USA rhetoric about military confrontation with North Korea. One propaganda film past year featured animation of a North Korean, nuclear-tipped ICBM striking New York City.

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Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis - China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia - must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from Pyongyang.

The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test and threatened to impose new sanctions against Pyongyang for its "highly destabilizing behavior".

South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance. "Through this exercise, I am sure we can deter war and remove our enemy's intention to provoke us".

"At the end of the day we realized that North Korea is a problem", Haley said.

But he warned: "They are doing a lot of bluster and a lot of threats, and they might misplay that hand and blunder into a war".

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