UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

Tillerson says US might put N. Korea back on state sponsors of terror list

North Korea claimed earlier this year that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile.

A North Korean missile blew up nearly immediately on its test launch on Sunday, the US military said.

Speaking from the "USS Ronald Reagan" in Japan, Vice President Mike Pence vowed an "overwhelming and effective" response to any potential attacks from Pyongyang, stressing that the "sword stands ready".

"Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilised nations can allow to happen", he said in reference to Kim.

"We are conducting a practical and more intensive exercise than ever", South Korean pilot Colonel Lee Bum-chul told reporters.

The council threatened to "take further significant measures including sanctions" to address the crisis of North Korea's missile launches. "I think at the end of the day we realized North Korea is a problem and no one on the council wants to see North Korea move forward with any sort of testing or strikes. and if we have to start looking at sanctions or other actions we will".

On Monday, Hwang and Pence reaffirmed their plans to go ahead with the THAAD, but the decision will be up to the next South Korean president.

North Korean state media has warned Washington of a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike" which would "reduce the U.S. to ashes".

The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test and threatened to impose new sanctions against Pyongyang for its "highly destabilizing behavior".

Such statements need to be agreed by all the 15 members of the council, Reuters noted.

The U.S. had accused Russian Federation of blocking a council statement on Wednesday that China, North Korea's closest ally, had agreed to by insisting on including language from previous council statements calling for "dialogue" with Pyongyang. However, this time the statement reportedly dropped "through dialogue" from the draft, which Russian Federation had insisted it be included, according to Reuters.

"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations canceled the work on the draft", the Russian U.N. mission said in a statement on Wednesday. It was now heading for the Western Pacific as ordered, it said.

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