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N. Korean missile test fails hours after United Nations meeting on nukes

Faced with growing U.S. calls to "solve" North Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi rejected the U.S. talk of the use of force, while expressing annoyance at the repeated suggestion that the 15-member UN Security Council seemed to expect China to solve the situation alone.

All the 15 members of the Security Council addressed the meeting, focusing on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and the implementation of relevant United Nations resolutions.

Tillerson met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang after chairing a high-level session at the UN Security Council on North Korea here yesterday.

Geng said China was ready to join the discussions and exchange opinion to seek a solution to the Korean peninsula issue. "The use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters", Wang told the Council.

Echoing the language that Washington has directed at Beijing in recent weeks, China's foreign ministry said on Thursday that the United States was "one of the main parties on the Korean nuclear issue" and China expected the U.S. to "shoulder its due responsibility in settling the issue".

Tillerson opened the meeting with a statement calling on all member states to enforce the existing sanctions, halt or downgrade diplomatic relations with the DPRK, and increase the country's isolation with new sanctions and with a tightening of existing measures.

"Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences".

During their meeting in NY, the two diplomats stressed further escalation on the Korean peninsula could cause the situation to slip out of control and suggested offering Pyongyang to freeze its nuclear program in exchange for halting joint exercises between the USA and South Korean militaries.

"Armed conflict in north-east Asia, which is home to one-fifth of the world's people and gross domestic product, would have global implications", warned Mr. Guterres at a ministerial-level meeting to discuss the DPRK's accelerated nuclear and ballistic missile activities.

Washington has repeatedly called for tougher United Nations sanctions but wants China to take the diplomatic lead by using its leverage over Pyongyang - which Beijing has been reluctant to do for fear of destabilizing North Korea. "Reasonable arguments that both we and China have repeatedly given do not work now but this does not mean that we should not continue persuading others", he said. Faced with the reality of a destructive, huge costly conflict, "South Korea would probably not support the U.S. in open military stand-off against North Korea, ' political researcher Leonid Petrov was quoted as saying by".

Tillerson said the USA goal is "not regime change", and "nor do we desire to threaten the North Korean people or destabilize the Asia-Pacific region".

President Donald Trump said on Twitter, "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today".

- A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea, and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a USA supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

That's a goal that has eluded US administrations for two decades, and the threat is intensifying.

Tillerson said China told the had informed North Korea, China would respond to a test by "taking sanctions actions on their own".


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