Haley says 'something serious has to happen' after latest North Korea missile
EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ (AFP)
Washington's UN ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that "something serious has to happen" following North Korea's missile test over Japan.
"It's unacceptable," Haley said. "They have violated every single UN Security Council resolution that we've had, and so I think something serious has to happen," she added, giving no specifics.
The UN Security Council is set to meet at 21:00 GMT to discuss the crisis.
North Korea defended its right to take "tough counter-measures" in response to what it called US aggression, after firing a ballistic missile over Japan which sparked fear and fury in Tokyo Tuesday.
The test launch by the nuclear-armed nation was seen as a major escalation that triggered global alarm and an angry response from the Japanese government.
A visibly unsettled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said it was an "unprecedented, serious and grave threat", while the UN Security Council called an emergency meeting at Tokyo and Washington's request.
But North Korean ambassador Han Tae-Song, addressing the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said his country had the right to react to ongoing US-South Korean military exercises.
"Now that the US has openly declared its hostile intention towards DPR (North) Korea by raising joint aggressive military exercises despite repeated warnings... my country has every reason to respond with tough counter-measures as an exercise of its rights to self-defence," Han said, without mentioning the missile launch.
Washington, he said, would be responsible for "the catastrophic consequences" that may result from heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.
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add another THAAD system ... this one in Japan. discuss return US nukes to SK. these actions may finally rattle China and Russia into ending their support for the madmen in NK. also, start shooting down everything they launch.