N. Korea Threatens to Take Retaliatory Measures against US

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley pledged Tuesday that the US plans to "tighten the screws" on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. "This is serious. These threats are not welcome", Haley told reporters ahead of the meeting.

"I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that", she said. She said that when China put economic pressure on North Korea, other countries were trying to fill the void, which she said the USA would not tolerate.

"We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there", the United States envoy, Nikki Haley, told reporters ahead of a closed-door Security Council meeting.

"The test-firing of ICBMs will occur at any time and place, at the will of North Korea's highest leadership", North Korea's ambassador to China, Ji Jae Ryong, told reporters in Beijing on Monday, a day before the UN Security Council meets in NY to discuss the test.

South Korea's military said it could not yet verify the North's claims.

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"We have worked well with China", Haley said.

"That's what we are working on now".

North Korea has maintained that the missile test was in response to the nuclear dangers and threats posed by the USA and its allies.

"The conversations that I have had.in dealing with Beijing is that if (North Korea) did something else and if it looked to be long-range, which this does, and if it looks like it is proactively leaning toward an ICBM, which it does, then we would take action", Haley said.

During the closed-door meeting however, China made no mention of a new sanctions resolution and renewed its appeal for talks to de-escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula, according to diplomats.

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The United States has been discussing possible new U.N. sanctions with Pyongyang's ally and neighbor China since a failed missile test about two weeks ago.

The council demanded North Korea halt its tests and said it was ready to impose further sanctions.

There is "ample possibility" for the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions on North Korea in response to its missile launch, China's Xinhua news agency reported council President Elbio Rosselli, as saying.

"We're not trying to do any of those things", she said.

But the Pentagon is skeptical whether Pyongyang has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth's atmosphere. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test. "There is no reason for North Korea to be having these actions outside of the fact they just choose to do so".

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