UN am­bas­sador: N. Korea ‘brings us closer to war’

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WASH­ING­TON—The U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions said Wed­nes­day that North Korea’s lat­est launch of an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile — which some ob­servers be­lieve could reach the East­ern U.S .— “brings us closer” to a war the U.S. isn’t seek­ing.

Nikki Ha­ley, speak­ing at an emer­gency meet­ing of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, said that if war comes as a re­sult of fur­ther acts of“ag­gres­sion” like Tues­day’ s launch, “make no mis­take the North Korean regime will be ut­terly destroyed.”

“The dic­ta­tor of North Korea made a de­ci­sion yes­ter­day that brings us closer to war, not far­ther from it ,” Ha­ley said .“We have never sought war with North Korea and still to­day we do not seek it.”

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion threat­ened new sanc­tions on North Korea af­ter the reclu­sive govern­ment shat­tered 2½ months of rel­a­tive quiet with its most pow­er­ful weapon test yet.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted that he spoke with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping about Py­ongyang’ s“provoca­tive ac­tions.”

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