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United Nations strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

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China's man on North Korea crisis cools heels in Beijing

"They shouldn't try and play at this point".

An earlier draft flopped Wednesday after Russian Federation objected to the lack of a reference to settlement "through dialogue", as was standard in past statements responding to missile launches.

The council also warned the North of "further significant measures, including sanctions".

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters the United Nations fully backs efforts of all states trying to ensure "that North Korea doesn't acquire the capacities that would become a threat, not only for the region but in a wider area of the world".

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 failed test last Saturday came amid a period of high tension, as U.S. apparently tried to pressure Pyongyang to forego its nuclear and missile programs under threat of military intervention. "The U.S. wanted to get the message out".

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Russian Federation on Thursday denied that it had blocked UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile test and accused the United States of breaking off talks on an statement in an "abrupt manner".

Asked by CBS News if she considers ballistic missile tests to be a provocation, she said the US evaluates North Korean action based on whether the country "violates Security Council resolutions, so they definitely have done that".

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.

The diplomats, who agreed to discuss the statement only on condition of anonymity because consultations have been private, said China had signed off on it. In a statement on its website, the Russian Mission to the United Nations asserted that the US cut off negotiations when Russia proposed to reinsert language on dialogue.

Haley the UN Security Council's current president.

Ahead of the "Day of the Sun" on April 15, one of the biggest celebrations in the North Korean calendar, North Korea analysts said satellite images showed Pyongyang was "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test. We've said it as clearly as we can possibly say it.

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