Pyongyang's goal is to develop a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the American homeland, but at present it is believed to be capable of devastating US allies South Korea and Japan.
U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that America was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
The Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the US agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang.
Another window of opportunity is coming up with the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's army on Tuesday.
The Security Council statement comes as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump signals it is running out of patience with the North, which continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The North has said such launches are an act of deterrence against a potential invasion by the US or South Korea.
Mr Trump has been pressuring China, North Korea's benefactor, to help defuse the situation, but has also warned that the U.S. will settle the issue alone if other countries will not help.
- North Korea still appears to be taunting the United States with a nuclear threat.
Mr Bennett said the North Koreans have a sense that they and the U.S. "are not really playing chess" because Mr Trump appears to only be thinking about the next move by considering a surgical strike as a real option.
"We believe that it is absolutely essential. that everybody is involved in order to make sure that everything is done so that the threat represented by the development in relation to missiles and in relation to nuclear capability - not become a threat to the global community", said Guterres.
'We are in very good shape, and we're building our military rapidly, ' he said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence walks at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in South Korea, April 17, 2017.
And Chinese officials have made it clear they remain loyal to North Korea.
"In case of launching our super-mighty preemptive strike, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialist invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but also the US mainland will be completely burned to ashes", it added. China supports the statement, but Russian Federation on Wednesday (19 April) has raised objections.
"The truth seems to be that the USA military and president jointly created fake news and it is without doubt a rare scandal in US history, which will be bound to cripple Trump's and US dignity", it said.
The U.S. also has redeployed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to the Korean peninsula amid fears that Pyongyang may still conduct another nuclear test.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters the United Nations fully backs efforts of all states trying to ensure "that North Korea doesn't acquire the capacities that would become a threat, not only for the region but in a wider area of the world".