N. KOREA SANC­TIONS

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of the emer­gency meet­ing re­quested by the US, Ja­pan and South Korea to dis­cuss a course of ac­tion on North Korea.

The US has for weeks been ne­go­ti­at­ing a new Se­cu­rity Coun­cil sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion with China, but US am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley said last week that no fi­nal draft text had been clinched.

“This is the same movie that keeps play­ing. He con­tin­ues to test. We’ve got to do ac­tion,” Ha­ley told MSNBC tele­vi­sion.

“You know, some say, ‘Oh, but sanc­tions haven’t worked’. First of all, when the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity speaks with one voice, it does work,” she coun­tered.

“It lets them know that they are on an is­land and we’re all against them, and that they need to cor­rect their be­hav­iour.”

North Korea on Sun­day launched the Pukguk­song-2, de­scribed by Wash­ing­ton as a medium-range mis­sile, from Pukchang in South Py­on­gan prov­ince.

It trav­elled about 500km be­fore land­ing in the Sea of Ja­pan, ac­cord­ing to South Korea's armed forces.

The launch was the lat­est in a series this year as Py­ongyang steps up its ef­forts to de­velop an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile ca­pa­ble of hit­ting the US.

“Th­ese ac­tions threaten re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity,” UN spokesman Stephane Du­jar­ric said..

“We call on the DPRK (North Korea) to stop fur­ther test­ing and al­low space to ex­plore the re­sump­tion of mean­ing­ful di­a­logue.”

The North, which says it needs nu­clear weapons to de­fend it­self against the threat of in­va­sion, later said it “flatly re­jected” the UN state­ment, which had been drawn up by “the US and its fol­low­ers”.

The US says it is will­ing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nu­clear and mis­sile tests. AFP

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North Korea leader Kim Jong-un su­per­vis­ing the test-fire of the ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strate­gic bal­lis­tic mis­sile Pukguk­song-2 in North Korea.

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