Washington’s ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that “something serious was going to happen” after the North Korean missile test in Japan.
“This is unacceptable,” Haley said. “They violated any resolution of the UN Security Council that we had, and I think something serious has to happen,” he added, without giving further details. Washington and Tokyo called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council.
“We will talk about what remains to be done,” Haley said, saying “no country” should be flying missiles from a nation of more than 130 million people like Japan.
New sanctions could be discussed against North Korea, the US envoy said. . “I think we have a lot to say today. With all of our partners, we hope China and Russia continue to work with us, as they have done in the past in North Korea – but I think that’s enough,” Haley said.
US President Donald Trump says “all options” are on the table to deal with the crisis – which means that Washington has not ruled out a military attack.
The launch of the test by the country with isolated nuclear weapons, but a challenge was considered a major escalation and trigger an unfortunate reaction in Tokyo.
North Korea has defended its right to take “hard countermeasures” in response to what it calls the US aggression – despite repeated calls by Washington to reach the negotiating table.
“Threatening and destabilizing actions only reinforce the isolation of the North Korean regime in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.