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04 December 2017

"That would be a pivotal step in the world's effort to stop this global pariah", she said, warning that if Beijing does not act, "we can take the oil situation into our own hands". China is North Korea's neighbor and its sole major trading partner.

A photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the launching of the Hwasong-15 missile.

Kang and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono discussed her possible visit during a telephone conversation two days earlier over North Korea's long-range missile launch, and agreed to have their ministries arrange detailed schedules of the visit, according to sources.

Tal Inbar, the head of the space research center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, observed on Twitter that the reentry vehicle, or the tip of the missile that must return down to earth, was "HUGE".

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Experts say the height reached by the inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) indicates Washington could be within range, although North Korea is yet to prove it has reached its aim of miniaturising a nuclear warhead. Elleman estimates that the missiles would struggle even to reach the US's west coast with a reasonably size nuclear warhead aboard.

In a tweet, Trump delivered another insulting barb against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he called "Little Rocket Man" and a "sick puppy" after North Korea test-fired its most advanced missile to date on Wednesday.

In spite of Trump's rhetoric and warnings that all options, including military ones, are on the table in dealing with North Korea, his administration has stressed it favors a diplomatic solution to the crisis. It showed a capacity to improve upon its existing designs and to design new missiles independently. We do think they could do more with the oil. "Our options to stop them are still bad", Robert Kelly, an associate professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, told the Los Angeles Times.

"We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it".

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Previous U.S. administrations have failed to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and a sophisticated missile program.

Ms Haley, speaking at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, also said that if war comes as a result of further acts of "aggression", such as Tuesday's launch, "make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

The US's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Wednesday said that the US was not seeking war with North Korea but that the latest launch "brings us closer to war".

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Quake detected near North Korea nuclear site