North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

North Korea said today it had successfully tested a new type of rocket in its latest missile launch, as analysts said it showed an unprecedented range that brought U.S. bases in the Pacific within reach.

Sunday's missile launch also tested the North's capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", the state news agency said. Mr Trump has also said he'd be "honoured" to talk with leader Kim Jong Un under favourable conditions.

The isolated North is under multiple sets of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes, which have triggered global alarm.

Japanese officials said Sunday that the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

It's unclear why North Korea would fire a missile so close to Russian Federation.

The U.S. military said that the flight was "not consistent" with an intercontinental ballistic missile, but it did not identify what type of missile it was.

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

The United Nations Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch.

In an official statement, North Korea warned the USA against reckless provocations because the US mainland and America's allies in the region are within the missile's range.

"The president expressed deep regret over the fact that this reckless provocation ... occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea", senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan said.

State media paraphrased North Korea's leader as saying that "the most flawless weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the USA", warning that "the US should not. disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in (North Korea's) sighting range for strike".

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The launch is also the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday.

Chinese media have become increasingly critical of North Korea in recent months, with state-sanctioned tabloid Global Times even questioning the relevance of the friendship treaty between the two countries.

The Trump administration has called North Korean ballistic and nuclear efforts unacceptable and has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk as it formulates a policy.

The propaganda from Pyongyang must be considered with wariness, experts have said, but the claim, if true, would bring the country a step closer to its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile able to reach the U.S. mainland.

Haley said that Kim "can sit there and say all the conditions he wants".

Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile launches past year, drawing strong condemnation from the global community.

"With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil - in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan - the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the statement said.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was sacked early Sunday morning from near Kusong, in North Phyongan province.

US soldiers take part Sunday in an annual exercise with South Korean troops at Paju near the border with North Korea.

The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft supercarrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

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