Russian FM: Haley's North Korea statement 'bloodthirsty'

Violet Powell
December 4, 2017

Haley's remarks followed Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile test.

But for all of North Korea's boldness in firing the missile, they did hold back in one important way. "You don't bully or play games with nuclear weapons", Haley said.

The US ambassador to the United Nations said the launch took the US "closer to war", but experts say the US may just have to accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

"After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power", a statement read on state-run television in North Korea stated.

In a tweet after the photos were published, Michael Duitsman, a researcher at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, told the Associated Press: "This is very big missile".

The shaded area shows the range of North Korea's latest missile if fired from within the country.

Based on its analysis of photos released by the North on Wednesday, the ministry said the Hwasong-15 was two meters longer and 0.4-0.8 meter wider in diameter than the previous model, the Hwasong-14.

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"Have we reached a dead end?"

Images released by North Korea on Thursday appeared to show it has succeeded in developing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon anywhere in the United States, and it could be only two or three tests away from being declared combat ready, USA -based experts said Thursday.

As Paul Bracken, a professor of political science at Yale, told Business Insider, Trump has "been reasonably effective" in isolating North Korea and rallying support for sanctions internationally.

"The missile launched yesterday certainly was the most advanced one so far in all aspects, but the reentry technology has not yet been proven, and it is also uncertain whether the North has secured the technology to miniaturize nuclear warheads", he told the USA president, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun.

In short, it showed that even with the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" policy, aircraft carriers nearby, and United States jets buzzing around, it seems on track to build a credible nuclear weapon. They know that it has to be dealt with. They got it no matter how badly we wanted to stop them.

The US earlier pressed for a full oil embargo on North Korea after it tested its most powerful nuclear bomb to date in September, but dropped that demand in negotiations on a sanctions resolution with China.

The test follows record-high tensions with the USA and North Korea sentencing President Donald Trump to death for his insults against its dictatorial regime and Trump placing North Korea on the state sponsors of terror list. "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

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