Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have stepped up their rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear programme, a day after Pyongyang drew international condemnation when it launched a mid-range missile over Japan.
The US president, who on Tuesday said “all options are on the table” to contain North Korea, tweeted on Wednesday that “talking is not the answer” and said the US had been paying “extortion money” to the regime.
The North Korean leader earlier described Tuesday’s missile launch as a “meaningful prelude to containing” the US Pacific territory of Guam, adding that more ballistic missile tests were to come.
Hours after North Korea confirmed the test, the UN security council unanimously condemned the launch and repeated demands that Pyongyang halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.
The 15-member council described North Korea’s actions as “outrageous” and called for the full implementation of tough sanctions agreed less than a month ago. But it did not recommend fresh measures against the regime, and said it remained committed to a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.
“The security council stresses that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states,” it said, referring to the north by its official title, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The statement went on to express “grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability”.
The emergency meeting was called after the North Korean intermediate-range missile designed to carry a nuclear payload flew over northern Japan on Tuesday morning.
The missile is believed to have been a relatively untested…