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In Honolulu, the sources confirmed that Hawaii is the first state from the American side that is ready for any missile threats from North Korea, which includes its newly made nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The question, however, is how much time it would take before an agreeable draft can be passed on to the rest of the members of the council. The government also asked the North to hold military talks on July 21, but after North Korea returned no response, said they would wait until Thursday.

"A mass movement of North Korean civilians across the border into China is a major concern, particularly given the dense population centers not far from the border, and the economic importance of Northeast China", according to a recent report by the US-based Jamestown Foundation.

"This test, and its impact on our assessments, highlight the threat that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to the United States, to our allies in the region, and to the whole world".

China's Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai said on Tuesday secondary sanctions on Chinese firms were "unacceptable" and had "severely impaired" cooperation on North Korea.

"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.

That would be the second time Pyongyang has tested an ICBM, after its 4 July rocket launch that caused global alarm.

The service may break even in a few months and will continue even amid the US demands for isolating North Korea, he said.

The CSIS, however, said in a recent report that the United States still needs to modernise its interceptors, sensors, and ground systems to better defend against more powerful missile threats in the event of a nuclear war.

The U.S. projection closely mirrors revised predictions by South Korean intelligence officials, who also have watched with growing alarm as North Korea has appeared to master key technologies needed to loft a warhead toward targets thousands of miles away.

In June, the United States blacklisted two Chinese citizens and a shipping company for helping North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Critics have said that language was purposefully watered down to "called upon" instead of a more restrictive phrase because Russian Federation intervened.

"We were waiting to see if it was going to be weak or strong, and I think they're showing some seriousness with it", Haley said.

"They're on track to do that, essentially, this week", said a USA official familiar with the intelligence report who, like others, insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive military assessments.

Can the USA defend against an ICBM?

"We just hope that the other relevant parties will be forthcoming because we don't see any alternative", he said.

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