North Korea seeks USA recognition as nuclear weapons state

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Trump says on Twitter Thursday that the "Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man".

The Russian politician also said if the United States and South Korea did not "aggravate" the situation, North Korea would not have needed to test-launch the Hwasong-15.

Haley earlier this week warned North Korea's leadership it would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out after Pyongyang test fired its most advanced missile, putting the United States mainland within range, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

"I think the Chinese are doing a lot". US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the isolated state's recent actions have brought "the world closer to war" and issued a direct threat to Pyongyang: "If war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

Tillerson on Thursday welcomed Chinese efforts on North Korea, but said Beijing could do more to limit its oil exports to the country.

Russian Federation and China have proposed a roadmap for settling the Korean crisis through a transition to negotiations, which implies rejection of any actions that fuel tensions.

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In spite of Trump's rhetoric and warnings that all options, including military ones, are on the table in dealing with North Korea, his administration has stressed it favors a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

"According to North Korean representatives, they were forced to demonstrate the ability to adequately respond to any aggression from the USA, the ability to strike at any territory of America".

Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho told a news conference that more must be done beyond the "very robust" sanctions that the council has already imposed targeting the financing and materials for Kim Jong Un's nuclear and missile programs. China must show leadership and follow through.

However, Tillerson may not remain in his job long, with disagreements with Trump over North Korea being one factor.

"Now we're extremely restricted by the types of trade we can do with North Korea".

"There was a hint that in this situation that this natural pause in the US-South Korean exercises could have been used by Pyongyang to avoid disturbing peace, as well, and conditions could be created for starting a dialogue", the foreign minister said.

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