UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

North Korea has been testing missiles for weeks, and the status of their nuclear weapons development program has been a source of questions and concern for years.

DPRK is short for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

That suggests a range of 4,500km or more if flown for maximum distance, analysts said.

"More important", he added, it "might represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile".

"The test-firing of ICBMs will occur at any time and place, at the will of North Korea's highest leadership", North Korea's ambassador to China, Ji Jae Ryong, told reporters in Beijing on Monday, a day before the UN Security Council meets in NY to discuss the test.

USA officials reported that the missile landed 60 miles from the Russian city of Vladivostok.

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The crazed leader fired the mid-to-long range missile from a site near Pyongyang before it flew 700km (435 miles) into the Sea of Japan near Russian Federation yesterday (May 14).

Yet, Pyongyang does not want to recognize this document by claiming that North Korea has every right to strengthen its own defense capability. Following the launch, a statement from the White House called North Korea a "flagrant menace" and urged "far stronger sanctions" against the reclusive nation.

What are experts saying about it?

Even a new missile being developed by Japan and the US would reach an altitude of just over 1,000km.

The missile seems to have been equipped with a new, high-powered engine that was tested at the Tongchang-ri launch pad in remote North Pyongan Province in mid-March.

What has North Korea been saying?

KCNA said the new rocket was a "perfect weapon" which was "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

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"If the United States dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it", it said. Both are in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday it is time for many nations to "send a strong, unified message that this is unacceptable, and I think you'll see the global community do that".

The pictures featured a long nose-coned projectile that appeared to be similar to missiles displayed during an April 15 military parade for the birth anniversary of state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. She told ABC's "This Week" that Kim is "in a state of paranoia". "And we're going to continue, whether it's sanctions, whether it's press statements, anything that we have to do".

Pyongyang's propaganda must be considered with caution, but if confirmed, the claim marks another big step forward in the country's escalating efforts to field a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.

But he slammed the latest test as a "reckless provocation" and said dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".

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