· The United States warned North Korea against firing its most advanced missile else it would be “utterly destroyed” – U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley. She added that the United States still prefers a diplomatic approach.

· Trump nicknamed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Little Rocket Man. He is a sick puppy,” Trump said.

· The United States plans to impose more sanctions on North Korea following the States order for China to cut off oil supply to North Korea, a drastic step that Beijing – the North’s neighbour and sole major trading partner.

· Kim Jong Un said the new launcher was “impeccable“. Pyongyang claimed it had “finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force”.

“If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday,” she said. “…and if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” Haley said at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting.

“Just spoke to President Xi Jinping of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!” Trump wrote on Twitter.