US, China lock horns on missile defense against North Korea

A man in Seoul watches a TV news program on North Korea's missile launches last year

A man in Seoul watches a TV news program on North Korea's missile launches last year

Meanwhile, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported that leader Kim Jong-un had personally supervised the launches on Monday and that the missiles were positioned to strike USA bases in Japan.

The UN Security Council earlier strongly condemned the launch of missiles saying North Korea had gravely violated its worldwide obligations, which risked destabilising the region.

Kim Jong Un's regime earlier warned the United Nations Security Council in a letter that U.S.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said North Korea on Monday, March 6, launched several missiles that fell into the sea, in a move that is being viewed as a fresh show of power from the dictator-ruled country despite several sanctions on it.

NBC said the missile defense system is called THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

UNITED NATIONS Britain's U.N. envoy on Wednesday rejected a suggestion from China that military drills by the United States and South Korea were creating global threats along the same lines as North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

Pyongyang conducted two unauthorized nuclear test explosions a year ago and almost two dozen rocket launches in a continuing push to expand its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

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But it mirrors past North Korean offers that were rejected by the U.S., which said Pyongyang had no right to demand concessions in return for abiding by United Nations resolutions.

Wang said China is commited to a stable and peaceful Korean Peninsula, and that his country could be the "railway switchman" to get talks going.

The measures include the planned deployment to South Korea of a missile defense system called Thaad, which has infuriated China, the North's key diplomatic ally and crucial to efforts to persuade it to change its ways.

North Korea last conducted a ballistic missile test on February 11. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: "All sides should exercise restraint and not do anything to irritate each other to worsen regional tensions".

The U.S. has started shipping an anti-missile system to South Korea after North Korea began testing medium-range missiles Monday, according to a new report.

The security council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea - two of which were adopted past year to significantly ramp up measures and deny Mr Kim's regime hard currency revenue.

Lotte, the Japanese-Korean conglomerate that has provided land in South Korea for the THAAD system, has become a major target of China's anger.

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