North Korea yesterday celebrated the launch of what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet tested in a bid to bring the United States mainland within reach. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile.
Amid condemnation in Seoul, Tokyo, Washington and Moscow, a jubilant North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that his country's weapons could strike the US mainland and Pacific holdings.
In a blatant show of power, Kim Jong-un tried to intimidate the United States with its latest nuclear missile that landed in the sea near Russian Federation.
That has led to a stalemate where the Obama administration and now the Trump administration have refused to talk, and the regime in Pyongyang has pressed ahead with its weapons programs.
The Security Council members expressed their "utmost concern" over the DPRK's "highly destabilising behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council by conducting these ballistic missile launches in violation of its global obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions", the statement said.
When it comes to North Korea's rapidly accelerating nuclear missile program, the USA would like other countries to step up to the plate more.
US experts said Sunday's launch was likely a mobile, two-stage, liquid-fueled missile that North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade. Instead, the statement called for "all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea".
And he added crucially Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino is keen on the four nations hosting the major event - but that North Korea will join the bid once the other three agree.
The U.N. Security Council is set to discuss North Korea's latest provocation Tuesday.
The agency said the launch tested its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead".
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North Korea leader Kim Jong-un was said to have witnessed the test and "hugged officials in the field of rocket research, saying that they worked hard to achieve a great thing", according to North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
It flew 435 miles but took 30 minutes to do so - meaning that it would have reached an apogee of about 1,240 miles, Wright said.
South Korea's Han said Sunday's test was "successful in flight".
There are doubts whether the North can miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, and no proof it has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth's atmosphere.
Trump warned in an interview with Reuters this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible, and in a show of force, sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.
The statement also condemned an earlier ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang on April 28 - following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions.
"That's why we've been calling on China as a key player in this matter to increase the economic pressure on North Korea to make it change its behaviour". They've failed to stop the North's progress, which includes five nuclear test explosions since 2006.
"We continue to call on North Korea to refrain from provocative destabilising actions, rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfil its worldwide obligations and commitments to return to serious talks", he said. However, North Korea showcases its K-08 which has a theoretical range of 7500 miles that can bring the entire United States in the range of North Korea. The military said that although more analysis is required to verify the North Korean claim, "we believe the possibility of that is low".
In Seoul, some citizens expressed frustration. Pyongyang's actions are also seen as a threat by its neighbors, Japan and South Korea, and their allies, such as the United States. "Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it", she told ABC.
This May 14, 2017, photo distributed by the North Korean government shows the "Hwasong-12", a new type of ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. That suggests a range of 4,500 kms or more if flown for maximum distance, analysts said.