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Russian Federation blocks Security Council response to North Korea's failed missile test

Russian Federation blocks Security Council response to North Korea's failed missile test

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.

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". The UN Security Council has adopted the amended version of the condemnation of North Korea's latest missile test, which includes a Russia-backed call for a dialogue with Pyongyang.

Without mincing words, the official newspaper of Pyongyang's ruling Workers' Party, the Rodong Sinmum warned that the U.S. and its regional allies like Japan and South Korea should not mess with Kim Jong-un's regime.

In the past, Mr Trump has taken to Twitter to say North Korea was "behaving very badly" and "playing" with the US.

"Rumors about an impending crisis on the peninsula have now subsided significantly, but military tensions are still high", a government source here said.

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Pence, whose visit started in South Korea the day after the failed launch by North Korea of what analysts said could have been a new missile, said the threat from the isolated regime was growing.

China, a permanent member of the Security Council and one of North Korea's closest allies, had agreed to the statement, according to a Security Council diplomat.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has said he would expand America's nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack" amid a heated war of words between the USA and North Korea.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would not tolerate "missile adventures by Pyongyang" but a unilateral use of power by the U.S. would be "a very risky course".

They also emphasized "the vital importance" of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization".

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"The Dear Supreme Leader waved back to them and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance", KCNA said.

Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its arms programs, including developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

Earlier, US vice-president Mike Pence warned North Korea against testing Trump's "resolve", and said that former US President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy had ended.

The military has not chose to intercept a test missile but the U.S. defense secretary James Mattis has briefed Congress on the option.

"We are closely watching the situation and will not be letting our guards down", Lee said.

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