Putin warns against 'intimidation' of North Korea after missile launch

A state media image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after the country carried out a missile test

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The United States urged North Korea to stop destabilizing actions and rhetoric and called for tighter sanctions on Pyongyang after the communist nation successfully carried out a new missile test and threatened that the U.S. mainland is within its striking range.

Could North Korea launch a nuclear missile?

The nose cone resembles that of the KN-08 ICBM the North is believed to be developing, and the lofted trajectory tests re-entry by putting the missile through extra stress, said Joshua Pollack of the US -based Nonproliferation Review.

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

"This is an advanced missile, if their claims are true". But that claim has not yet been verified by experts or officials in other countries.

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". "The speed at which a missile comes through the atmosphere creates an enormous amount of air pressure and heat".

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

Swedish U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog said the council needs a firm, united response but "we also feel there needs to be openness for a conversation for dialogue".

North Korea launched a ballistic missile from the northwestern part of the country early Sunday, the South Korean Joints Chief of Staff said. But he warned against "intimidating" Pyongyang.

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"Concern was expressed about the escalation of tension, including in connection with the launch (of the missile of the DPRK)", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying in Russian state media.

Francois Delattre told reporters Monday that France favors "a strong, swift and firm reaction of the council" to North Korea's test on Sunday of a new longer-range ballistic missile, which he called "a serious threat to peace and security both in the region and the world". Russian Federation is one of the few countries that has diplomatic ties with North Korea.

"If Russia can be instrumental in resolving a key global dispute like North Korea, they will want to parry that into something else, to use it as a bargaining chip", he said.

At a military parade to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, grandfather of Kim Jong-un, mysterious new weapons were proudly on show, causing speculation that the country may have developed already an ICBM.

What will the U.S. do?

President Donald Trump's administration has called North Korean ballistic and nuclear efforts unacceptable, but it has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk as it formulates a policy.

The White House, in a statement, said North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long".

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Guterres had called on North Korea to fully comply with its worldwide obligations "and return to the path of denuclearization". "But its overwhelming emphasis is diplomatic and economic sanctions".

Trump has advocated for a diplomatic solution to the uptick in North Korean aggravations, but he said last month that he would not rule out a major conflict with North Korea.

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