UN Condemns North Korea Missile Test, Vows Sanctions

North Korea tests missile raises new fears in Pacific

UN Condemns North Korea Missile Test, Vows Sanctions

Guam is situated around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southeast of North Korea.

Japanese officials say the missile flew for about 30 minutes, traveling about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and reaching an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).

The missile flew four minutes longer than any previous ballistic missile test in the history of the communist regime, USA officials told Fox News, though North Korea had conducted space launches in the past that have flown longer than KN-17 - including a mission in February 2016 that sent a satellite into orbit on Super Bowl Sunday.

The adoption of the US-drafted statement came ahead of an emergency closed-door session of the council called by the United States and Japan to discuss the missile launch. The missile fell in the Sea of Japan outside of Japan's special economic zone.

But in comments apparently directed at the US, Putin said "intimidating the DRPK is unacceptable", using the acronym for North Korea. Australia will work with the United States and other countries to impose sanctions on Pyongyang. Tensions heightened in the Korean Peninsula in recent weeks amid speculation Pyongyang may conduct its sixth nuclear test sometime soon while the North's leader continued to threaten neighboring South and the USA with its series of missile tests, some of which had recently failed. Hawaii is roughly 7,000 km from North Korea.

The South Korean defense minister stressed that after the assessment of the recent North Korean missile test, both Seoul and Tokyo agree that Pyongyang might have launched an intermediate-range missile, instead an intercontinental one.

"The Secretary-General condemns the launch of another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)".

Melissa Hanham, senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California, told CNN the test could easily be seen as a stepping stone to a longer-range weapon, despite one Pentagon official saying the missile was "not consistent" with an ICBM. Russian Federation is one of the few countries that has diplomatic ties with North Korea.

North Korea on Sunday tested what appears to be its longest-range ballistic missile to date, saying it was capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead.

Calling the DPRK "a nuclear power with a powerful potential of military deterrence", Kim Jong-un stressed that Pyongyang was ready to respond should the USA dare to carry out a military provocation against the country.

The council adopted two sanctions resolutions past year to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang and deny leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his military programs.

Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology, with six sets of sanctions imposed on the isolated regime since it first tested an atomic device in 2006.

The test was conducted to assess the "tactical and technological features of a new type of ballistic missile intended for a large nuclear warhead". (AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS)So what's next?

The Rodong Sinmun said the issue of nuclear weapons is a matter of concern between the North and the US and warned against South Korean interference, accusing the South of being a "puppet" of Washington. "I think we need to return to this". "He's incredibly concerned about anything and everything around him", Haley told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos. She said the United States will continue to "tighten the screws" against Pyongyang. He feels it. He absolutely feels it.

China, Pyongyang's sole major ally and main trading partner, which has been under growing USA pressure to help rein in its wayward neighbour, urged restraint.

38 North says USA cities aren't at risk today because the full missile system needed to reach them has yet to be tested (this includes re-entry technology needed to return a warhead back into the atmosphere from space).

The launch is a test for South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, with barely a week on the job.

South Korea's defense minister claimed Tuesday that the North's missile defense program was advancing much faster than originally believed and that the use of the US -developed and installed THAAD anti-missile system had been used for the first time to detect the authoritarian regime's latest test, Reuters reported.

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