UN Security Council condemns North Korea's missiles tests

UN Security Council condemns North Korea's missiles tests

UN Security Council condemns North Korea's missiles tests

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In an apparent jab against the U.S., Putin added that "intimidating North Korea is unacceptable".

On May 14 (May 13 EDT in the U.S.), the DPRK did a new - and successful - launch of a ballistic missile.

Had the mid-range missile been fired towards a real target at a normal trajectory, experts told Reuters it could have reached as far as 4,000km, potentially putting the United States military base on Guam within range. Spokesman Moon Sang-Gyun said it's still unlikely that North Korea has re-entry technology, which would return a warhead safely back into the atmosphere.

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".

Seoul and Washington say the THAAD is defensive in nature and not a threat to Beijing and Moscow.

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. That could strike US military bases in Guam.

Moon campaigned on a promise to engage North Korea, in contrast to Park, who was bent on cutting all ties to the reclusive regime.

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

"We will conduct ICBM tests anytime and anywhere in accordance with the decisions made by our central leadership", North Korea's ambassador to China Ji Jae Pyong said.

The Security Council is expected to discuss the possibility of further sanctions at an emergency session on Tuesday.

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"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.

The North's foreign ministry rejected the statement, saying it infringed on its right to self-defence, particularly as the missile was test-launched at a sharp angle to ensure safety of neighbouring countries.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which became operational earlier this month in South Korea, aims to destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles amid growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

Following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions.

In his Monday statement, Gardner said the United States is not pressuring China enough, including by sanctioning those "enabling" the North's nuclear program. "It tells China, 'I don't care what you think, I'm independent'".

"If the USA dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it", it said.

What happens if North Korea tests an ICBM?

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council has promised strong measures in response to Pyongyang's "highly destabilising behaviour" and demanded a halt to "further nuclear and ballistic missiles tests". Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test. "North Korea should not make an inaccurate judgment because of a changed [political] environment" in the South. Officials in Japan state that the missile landed in the Sea of Japan.

Some experts, including officials in Tokyo, said Sunday's launch successfully tested a new type of missile, potentially the longest-range in North Korea's arsenal.

Outsiders express more skepticism about North Korea's nuclear warhead claims.

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