Haley tells countries to choose between US, North Korea

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They were referring to a recent meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Asean officials in Washington, during which Tillerson called on Asean countries to degrade diplomatic ties and cut interactions with North Korea.

"We need to return to dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, stop intimidating it and find ways to solve these problems peacefully", Putin was quoted as saying, using North Korea's official name.

It conducted its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, on Sunday which it said was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", drawing Security Council condemnation.

Communications were severed by the North a year ago, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following North Korea's fifth nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.

Flanked by ambassadors from Japan and South Korea, Haley reiterated the USA position that it is willing to engage in talks with Kim's regime if it abandons its nuclear aspirations.

"Absolutely, sanctions (are) something that we are looking at and we are going to continue to see where that takes us". Pyongyang defends its weapons programmes as necessary to counter US hostility and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system which detected Sunday's test launch.

China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.

On May 10, new South Korean President Moon Jae-in officially assumed office, stating in his inaugural address that he would do everything possible to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula, and even "visit Pyongyang if it is possible".

North Korea's foreign ministry rejected the statement, saying it infringed on its right to self-defence, particularly as the missile was sacked at a sharp angle to ensure the safety of neighbouring countries. He said the council is exploring many different avenues to proceed and "clearly sanctions are a way to go", but also diplomacy.

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".

The Security Council, which has imposed six rounds of sanctions on the North, discussed possible further action at Tuesday's meeting. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

The North claimed the rocket was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, although there are doubts whether the country could build a warhead small enough to fit into a missile.