Korea Missile Launch: 'Not Just Us Against Them Anymore'

Korea Missile Launch: 'Not Just Us Against Them Anymore'

Korea Missile Launch: 'Not Just Us Against Them Anymore'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the launch on Sunday as a test of the "perfect weapon system" and capable of carrying "a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend test, with the rocket apparently flying higher and for a longer time than any other such previous missile. The U.S. mainland and American military bases in the Pacific are within North Korea's "sighting range for strike", Kim continued.

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.

The timing of the launch also was a blow to North Korea's main ally China, which began a two-day summit to promote a global trade infrastructure project dubbed the "one belt, one road initiative", on Sunday.

KCNA said the missile, named Hwasong-12, flew 787 kilometers (489 miles) and soared to an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers along its planned flight trajectory.

"The test firing of ICBMs will occur at any time and place, at the will of North Korea's highest leadership", Ji said. And Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada suggested that it might be a new type of missile altogether, noting that it reached an altitude of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) and remained in the air for 30 minutes. Hawaii is roughly 7,000 km from North Korea. "North Korean missiles are a threat to the region and very destabilizing", Capt. Jeff Davis said during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center.

The adoption of the US-drafted statement came ahead of an emergency closed-door session of the council on Tuesday called by the United States and Japan to discuss the missile launch.

The pride in North Korea contrasts with concern in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, which condemned Sunday's launch and called it a serious violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibiting North Korea from conducting long-range missile tests.

South Korea has said it was unaware of what North Korea was referring to, while the Central Intelligence Agency and the White House declined to comment on the May 6 statement from North Korea's Ministry of State Security.

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"The greatest responsibility for bringing North Korea to its senses. lies with China", Turnbull says.

"More importantly", he added, it "may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)".

"If the USA awkwardly attempts to provoke the DPRK, it will not escape from the biggest disaster in the history, Kim said, strongly warning the United States should not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in the DPRK's sighting range for strike and that it has all powerful means for retaliatory strike", KCNA said. South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us. "North Korea openly states that its ballistic missiles are meant to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the USA, the ROK, and Japan", Davis said.

The North has made no secret of its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States - something President Donald Trump has vowed "won't happen".

Trump also said earlier this month he would be "honored" to meet with Kim under appropriate circumstances, although the White House quickly walked that back to stress the current conditions were not right.

Moon, South Korea's first liberal leader in almost a decade, said as he took his oath of office last week that he'd be willing to visit North Korea if the circumstances were right.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the missile launch, telling reporters during a visit to China that "there's nothing good about" it.

Jin Meihua, from the Northeast Asia Research Centre in Jilin province, said: "North Korea must have somehow prepared for possible further sanctions before this latest test".

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