In response to North Korea’s ICBM launch, the US and South Korea conducted a joint military exercise on Wednesday. Photograph: (AFP)
The United States on Wednesday said it is prepared to use the full range of its capabilities against North Korea if the need arises.
At the emergency UN Security Council meeting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley, pushing for tougher sanctions on North Korea, said Tuesday's ICBM test had made "the world a more dangerous place".
But Haley also made clear Washington would exhaust diplomatic avenues before it resorts to confrontation, promising to submit a new draft sanctions resolution within days.
"Make no mistake, North Korea's launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation," Haley warned.
Hailey added that Pyongyang's actions were "quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution".
In response to North Korea’s ICBM launch, the US and South Korea conducted a joint military exercise on Wednesday.
"The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies," Haley said.
"One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must. But we prefer not to have to go in that direction."
Hailey said the US’ focus was on how to push through tighter sanctions.
But everyone didn’t agree to the US call for sanctions with Russia warning that “sanctions will not resolve the issue”.
Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi once more pushed Beijing's alternative proposal for talks based on a freeze of North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, in exchange for a halt to US-South Korean military drills.
"China has always been firmly opposed to chaos and conflict on the Korean peninsula. Military means must not be an option in this regard," Liu said.