United Nations slams DPRK's latest ballistic missile test

Leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of what appeared to be the North Korea's longest-range ballistic missile yet
Leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of what appeared to be the North Korea’s longest-range ballistic missile yet
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28 May, 2017

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council stressed the importance of North Korea 'immediately showing honest commitment to de-nuclearisation through concrete action'.

"North Korea is capable of continuing to develop longer-range missiles", physicist David Wright said, adding the regime's longest test to date shows they are inching closer to a missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

North Korea test-launched what appears to be a long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, claiming that it can carry a "large nuclear warhead".

Vladimir Putin has said the world should talk to North Korea rather than threaten it after the latest missile test escalated tensions in the region.

Analysts believe the missile tested on Sunday was capable of travelling 4,000km if it had been fired at a standard trajectory rather than upwards.

"The actions of North Korea are unacceptable", Harris said at the start of a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States mainland.

Gulp. Experts are calling the latest missile test in North Korea successful at "a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile". The country has conducted multiple successful nuclear tests since 2005 despite crippling global sanctions and a concerted US cyber campaign to disrupt their operations.

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He said Sunday's launch - the seventh such firing by North Korea this year - may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fueled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

"We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and unsafe", Putin said.

Last week South Korea elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and said at his inauguration that he was willing "in the right circumstances" to visit the North to ease tensions.

The Security Council is scheduled to hold closed-door consultations on the missile test on Tuesday.

Swedish U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog said the council needs a firm, united response but "we also feel there needs to be openness for a conversation for dialogue".

It was the regime's most successful missile test to date, but officials in in South Korea said more information was needed before the North's inflammatory claim about nuclear warheads could be confirmed.

"This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested", Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies told AFP.

Saturday's launch was the seventh North Korean missile launch this year, all since Donald Trump took office.


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