The US has said it will use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea following Tuesday’s long-range missile test.
US Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said a new resolution will also be tabled against Pyongyang at the United Nations.
She described the test as a sharp military escalation and also threatens to use trade restrictions against North Korea.
“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” Haley said.
She urged China, North Korea’s only major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang. “Much of the burden of enforcing U.N. sanctions rests with China,” Haley said.
She said the United States would propose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea in coming days and warned that if Russia and China did not support the move, then “we will go our own path.”
Hours after she spoke, the US and South Korea fired more missiles into the Sea of Japan as part of military drills.
But Pyongyang said it will not negotiate unless the US ends its “hostile policy” against North Korea.
China and Russia also oppose the use of military force.
Tuesday’s missile launch, the latest in a series of tests, was in defiance of a ban by the UN Security Council.
The missile test is a direct challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile.