N.Korea must earn right to talks

N.Korea must earn right to talks

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared: "We will never accept a nuclear North Korea".

Because Trump has reacted with such fury to the Stalinist state's missile and nuclear tests, North Korea may have to concede ground over fears the USA will "execute a military strike".

South Korean defense officials have said that North Korea's newest missile appears capable of reaching Washington, though it remains unclear if the rocket is capable of reliably delivering a nuclear warhead.

Feltman said after briefing the council Tuesday that North Korea's foreign minister and others told him "that it was important to prevent war" - and how we do that was the topic of more than 15 hours of discussions.

"A sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior must occur before talks can begin". But he stepped back Friday, after the White House rebutted the proposal, telling the council "North Korea must earn its way back to the table". "The pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearisation is achieved".

"We are open to dialogue. I am very hopeful that diplomacy has a long way to go before any next steps are considered".

"The hope for peace is not totally obliterated", said Chinese Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao. "It's my responsibility to remind the Security Council that they should develop a comprehensive assessment of the possible impact of their sanctions".

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Blaming China for strangling the North Korean economy, the secluded state announced that it is marching along towards a fully fledged nuclear weapons programme.

But Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said, "it should be clear to everybody that the DPRK is hardly going to refrain from its nuclear missile program while it feels a direct threat to its security". "We do not regard this claim as an empty threat".

Since late a year ago, the council has imposed a series of sanctions aimed at cutting the North's ability to fund its nuclear weapons programme, including limiting its ability to export labourers for work programmes in Russian Federation and other countries.

In his briefing to Friday's meeting, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered his "good offices" to avoid the dispute over the "alarming and accelerated pace" of North Korea's nuclear and missile program accidentally escalation into conflict. "This is critical to lower the risk of miscalculation or misunderstanding and reduce tensions in the region".

But the waves of multilateral and direct U.S. sanctions that have been imposed on Kim Jong Un's regime following its missile launches and nuclear tests have now made operations so hard that some agencies are pulling out.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Pennington, Edith M. Lederer, Mari Yamaguchi, Jerry Harmer and Ken Moritsugu of The Associated Press; and by Nick Wadhams, Kambiz Foroohar and Justin Sink of Bloomberg News.