North Korea's latest missile test called 'substantial advance'

Lucy Bush
May 30, 2017

Most importantly, US officials say it appears to have been a test of a reentry vehicle, a key technology North Korea must master before it can develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States mainland with a nuclear weapon.

In a statement, adopted unanimously, the 15-member council urged the communist nation to show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action".

The statement comes a day after North Korea tested a ballistic missile that it claimed could be mounted with a "large-sized nuclear warhead" and capable of reaching the continental United States and USA operations in the Pacific.

North Korea has carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests in recent months, all of which are considered to be in violation with the UN Security Council resolution.

At the request of the United States and Japan, the United Nations Security Council will convene an urgent session on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

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Sunday's test came less than a week after South Korea elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and had expressed a willingness to visit the North to ease tensions. The country has conducted multiple successful nuclear tests since 2005 despite crippling global sanctions and a concerted USA cyber campaign to disrupt their operations.

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South Korea's Defense Ministry said more analysis was needed to verify the North's claim on the rocket's technological features. The Hwasong-12 missile launched from the area of Kuson, northwestern Phyongan-bukto (North Pyongan) province covered a distance of 787 km, reaching an altitude of 2,111 km as reported by DPRK media reports and landing near the coast of Japan.

But on Tuesday, a North Korean diplomat defended its recent missile test-launch, telling the UN Conference on Disarmament it was a legitimate act of self-defence under worldwide law.

The missile test was launched just days after South Korea elected their new president, according to the USA ambassador to the U.N. Washington has been saying that the missile test on Sunday was a clear message from North Korea to the South.

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He said America is prepared to stand with them but the region can not wait for American power to crush the enemy. The French leader had called to congratulate him on his landslide victory in Friday's presidential vote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the test was unsafe, but warned against attempts to "intimidate" Pyongyang.

North Korea has tested dozens of banned missiles in the a year ago, though this was the first one deemed by US officials to have been a success, after a string of recent failures.

Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing.

The Rodong Sinmun daily called the new missile "Hwasong-12" and claimed it is "capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead" to the USA mainland.

North Korea is banned from developing nuclear and missile technology under United Nations sanctions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has told world leaders to stop "intimidating" North Korea following the dictatorship's latest missile test.

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