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United Nations envoy slams North Korea's 'reckless' behavior

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A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date. North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both USA troops in Asia and the American homeland.

North Korea fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan that landed in the Pacific, responding to new United Nations sanctions with its furthest-ever missile flight.

The Security Council also reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, and expressed its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, welcoming efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.

President Donald Trump with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on June 29, 2017. Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds. But the North has ignored countless worldwide reproaches previously.

The UN Security Council, which has condemned Friday's launch as "highly provocative", will hold a new ministerial-level meeting Thursday on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, focused on enforcing sanctions on Kim's regime, diplomats said.

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"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said. "Now, it's not what we would prefer to do". Some 25 million people live in the metropolitan area of Seoul, U.S. ally South Korea's capital, well within range of the North's extensive artillery.

Trump's United Nations envoy called North Korea "reckless".

Following Friday's missile launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, "These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation ..."

Trump also says long gas lines are forming in North Korea, calling it "too bad".

"Honestly, I think the United States should be doing. much more than now, so that there's real effective global cooperation on this issue", China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said on Friday.

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