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Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

US tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

The United States is not looking to get into a fight with North Korea unless Pyongyang sparks one, Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters, Sputnik reported. "They shouldn't try and play at this point". The strike group, led by aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, is repositioning itself in the Korean region to add pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear program.

The video follows a military parade Saturday, in which North Korea presented three different ICBM models.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said "everything" must be done to confront the threat from North Korea and ensure that its missile and nuclear programs do not pose an worldwide threat. Developing a hydrogen bomb is also a declared priority of North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK. "But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea".

North Korea claimed that the repositioning of the US Navy strike group to the Korean Peninsula was an act of undue provocation by the US.

Russian Federation on Wednesday blocked UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile test even though China had backed the strongly-worded statement put forward by the United States, diplomats said.

The proposed statement seen by AFP would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test on Sunday. It would also demand an immediate end to the North's nuclear and missile tests, threaten to take "further significant measures" - United Nations code for new sanctions - and state that North Korea's illegal activities "are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

Russian Federation wanted to include language contained in a previous statement stressing the need to achieve a solution through dialogue, according to council diplomats. The U.S. has invited foreign ministers from the 14 other council nations and many are expected to attend.

"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Pence said on the deck of an American aircraft carried docked in Japan. "If those businessmen in power in the USA thought of intimidating us by any military or sanction threats-as the [Barack] Obama administration used to do and failed-they will soon find out such threats are useless", Sin said. Council members can also "recommit to implementing all existing and future sanctions to maximize pressure on the DPRK to return to meaningful negotiations on denuclearization", the paper says.

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