The conflicting responses by world leaders to escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula have underlined a fundamental divide in the diplomatic strategies of the East and the West.
Western leaders have this week espoused ramping up sanctions on North Korea in an effort to increase pressure on the closed state. Meanwhile, neighboring nations in the East have advocated maintaining the status quo, arguing that isolation tactics will do little to overthrow the country's despotic regime.
The U.S.'s ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that North Korea is "begging for war" after it launched its sixth and largest nuclear missile test Sunday.
Nikki Haley said at a UN meeting that incremental measures in place since 2006 had proved ineffective and called for the "strongest sanctions" in order to resolve provocations without military actions.