Russian Federation and China urge 'peaceful' solution with North Korea

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

The news network also reported the USA was looking at the potential for a covert cyberattack aimed at North Korea.

The series of ballistic missile tests out of North Korea has drawn worldwide attention with president Donald Trump offering some of the strongest and most controversial rhetoric.

But, he said, any future missile launch that threatens USA or Japanese territory will "elicit a different response from us".

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the U.N. Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and that the United States might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

China and Russian Federation - both permanent members of the UN Security Council - voted for the new sanctions against North Korea last week, but they are both against tough measures that will topple Kim Jong-un's regime and agreed to cooperate over the matter.

Even as tensions rise, the United States and its allies have stuck to a hands-off policy when North Korea test-fires its missiles.

Asked why the USA did not attempt a shoot-down of the missiles that overflew Japan, Mattis on Monday played down the threat. It is the first one to be launched, since the last nuclear test missile.

The North has repeatedly defied the United Nations to conduct nuclear and missile tests, the latest being a mid-range missile fired over Japan on Friday.

The US would focus on "outcomes, not ideologies", and wanted to "work towards common goals with countries, not to dictate to them how to live, and not to dictate to them what kind of system of government they should have", the official said.

However, the official China Daily argued on Monday that sanctions should be given time to bite and that the door must be left open to talks. "Some people have fallen for that and immediately echoed the suggestion, pointing to the failure of past sanctions to achieve their goal". It is too early to claim failure because the latest sanctions have hardly begun to take effect.

Pyongyang has launched dozens of missiles as it accelerates a weapons program created to provide the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

Pyongyang accuses Washington - which has 28,500 troops in South Korea and 47,000 service members in Japan - of planning to invade, and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies. On Saturday, it said it aimed to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States.

The U.S. military has described the exercises as training for readiness "to fight tonight" against North Korea if needed.

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