Haley: We'll talk with North Korea if it stops its tests

American envoy says the U.S. would consider talks with North Korea if it halts all its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

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The United States would consider talks with North Korea if it halts all nuclear and ballistic missile tests, Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Tuesday.

"We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there," Haley told reporters ahead of a closed-door Security Council meeting, according to the AFP news agency.

Washington and Beijing -- the North's sole diplomatic and military ally -- are working on a new Council resolution targeting Pyongyang, she added.

"That's what we are working on now. We don't have it done yet," she said.

"Absolutely, sanctions is something that we are looking at and we are going to continue to see where that takes us," added Haley.

North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday, and later claimed it had successfully conducted a mid-to-long range missile test, which was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead".

The missile, launched on an unusually high trajectory, flew to an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and travelled 787 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), according to AFP.

That suggests a range of 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) or more if flown for maximum distance, analysts said.

On Monday, the Security Council condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests, warning it was ready to impose further sanctions on the isolated country.

The UN Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches. North Korea, however, ignores the sanctions and continues to conduct tests.