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Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

"Such pressure by use of "sanction resolutions" devoid of legality, morality and impartiality is a blatant infringement on the independence of a sovereign state and act of interference in others' internal affairs", said a senior North Korean diplomat.

He also criticized China for throwing up obstacles to the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where Beijing has constructed island bases in the disputed waters, saying "we should fly, be able to fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows".

North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the US mainland and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally.

Harris also cautioned that the missile launch indicated a major advancement in the North's technological capabilities and called for further coordination among Japan, South Korea and the United States to deal with the increasing North Korean threat.

He also called on all United Nations member states to honor their obligations under Security Council resolutions on sanctions on the DPRK.

Admiral Harry Harris Jr urged nations not to get adopt a sense of complacency in the face of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea test-launched a missile on Sunday that many experts believe could be its most advanced yet. Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile USA radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

Ambassador Nikki Haley made the comments Tuesday, two days after Kim Jong Un's regime launched a rocket it said could carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

Sometime in the early morning, a missile roars off its launcher in North Korea and flies off - to a splash zone somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. "Absolutely ... We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very hard". He has to stop any nuclear programs that he has.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday that landed in the sea near Russian Federation, which experts said signaled major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could target the United States.

This story has been corrected to show that when Haley was answering Putin she was referring to comments about the United States, not the United Nations.