UN Security Council passes statement on North Korea with Russian amendments

UN Security Council passes statement on North Korea with Russian amendments

China is seriously concerned about nuclear threats after North Korea said they would test missiles regularly and warned of a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S. in case they suspected an attack.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution.

Senior officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence, on a tour of the region, warned this week that "the era of strategic patience is over" when it comes to US policy toward North Korea.

The U.S. also has redeployed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to the Korean peninsula amid fears that Pyongyang may still conduct another nuclear test.

Russian Federation objected to a Security Council statement proposed by the US on Wednesday that would have condemned North Korea's missile tests, despite China's support of the measure, CBS News' Pamela Falk reports.

Both the US and South Korea believe that the recent missile test by North Korea failed.

Vice President Mike Pence says North Korea is getting the message that it needs to walk away from its "reckless" nuclear activity.

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Mr Trump said he had been told by Mr Xi that Korea had been part of China historically, which has angered the Koreans.

North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe continuing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

"I can only say that via deep communications between China and the U.S.at various levels including at the highest levels, the USA now has an even fuller and more correct understanding of China's policy and position and has a more rounded understanding of China's efforts".

US President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues. They have a pretty good power, not a great power perhaps, but a pretty good power over North Korea.

"I think it's important that North Korea knows we're not trying to pick a fight, so don't try and give us one", she said.

Asked by host Liz Wheeler whether the USA was on the verge of any armed conflict with the North Koreans, Kredo said no. North Korea routinely labels such exercises preparations for invasion.

The joint U.S. -South Korea military exercises are due to finish at the end of April.

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