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

South Korea says it wants to reopen communications with North amid missile crisis

The U.S. ambassador said Russian Federation has the same decision to make as the rest of the global community: "You either support North Korea or you don't, but you have to choose".

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 global law allows".

The United States has been discussing possible new U.N. sanctions with Pyongyang's ally and neighbor China since a failed missile test about two weeks ago.

"I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that", she said.

The top American military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea's recent military actions are "a recipe for a disaster" and warned Kim Jong-Un's goal is to create nuclear missiles capable of striking anywhere in the world.

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 USA to deal with the increasing North Korean threat.

Annual joint military drills with South Korea and Japan have been viewed by the North as a dress rehearsal for invasion. Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile US radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong Un is a recipe for a disaster", Harris said.

The Kim Jong-un regime will be called to account for its reckless and risky acts and serious human right infringements through the campaign, she said. "The successful test-fire of Hwasong-12 is of special significance in ensuring peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, and it is the greatest victory of the Korean people", Xinhau news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Tuesday. Sources say the special envoy to the U.S., Hong Seok-hyun, and special envoy to Japan, Moon Hee-sang, are traveling to Washington and Tokyo. "The U.S., we are willing to talk - but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and any tests there".

North Korea, however, has said it will prepare for more tests.

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