North Korea year away from developing nuclear missiles that can reach US

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Haley had been aiming for a vote by the 15-member Security Council within weeks, senior diplomats said. But the North has not shown any response to Seoul's proposal.

"We know that China's been sharing and negotiating with Russian Federation, so as long as they are doing that, we're going to continue to watch this closely to make sure it is a strong resolution", she told reporters.

Speaking in Beijing on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said any United Nations' moves should help ensure peace, stability and denuclearisation. China's exports of jet fuel to North Korea, while banned under United Nations sanctions, increased by 18 percent, and exports of mobile phones surged more than 90 percent. Along with Russian Federation, those five countries are veto-wielding Security Council members.

"The true test will be what (the Chinese) have worked out with Russian Federation (and whether) Russian Federation comes and tries to pull out of that", Haley said.

On Thursday, North and South Korea mark the 64th anniversary of the armistice which ended hostilities on the Peninsula in 1953.

"Its long-term interests, the region's long-term interests and the world's long-term interests would be best served by them ceasing their nuclear activity and ballistic missile programs and engaging positively with the global community", she said.

A report from The Wall Street Journal says that China has established a new border-defense brigade, implemented 24-hour video surveillance of the border, and constructed bunkers to protect from possible nuclear or chemical attacks.

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"Everyone that we have dealt with acknowledges that it's an ICBM". "Whether they're willing to put it in writing or not is going to be the real question".

In the opinion of experts, if at all Kim has plans to launch a missile, it could be either an intermediate-range missile or North Korea's ICBM, and it could target Alaska.

"North Korea can now get a missile "off the ground", there are still a lot of undetermined variables about guidance, re-entry and the ability to hit a specific target", CNN quoted US intelligence officials as saying.

The United States could impose new sanctions on Chinese firms doing business with Pyongyang, senior US officials have said.

"We just hope that the other relevant parties will be forthcoming because we don't see any alternative", he said. "Over the years, we've seen photographs of North Korean and Iranian officials in each other's countries, and we've seen all kinds of common hardware".

"The apparent success of the July Fourth test is an alarming development as North Korea accelerates its pursuit of being able to hold the United States at risk with nuclear weapons", Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said after the classified briefing, "I have grown increasingly alarmed that North Korea is acting with a greater sense of urgency than we are".

"Such actions are unacceptable".

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