June 23, 2017

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

28 May 2017, 03:13 | Grady King

US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with North Korea in mind

US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with NKorea on mind

Contained in the nonbinding press statement, which has to be approved by all members, is the emphasis the council places on the vital importance of the North "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action" and the need to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.N. Security Council is set to hold a closed-door meeting Tuesday on North Korea's latest missile test, a day after condemning the launch and threatening to impose new sanctions.

According to the South China Morning Post, analysts said that the UN Security Council would likely discuss the new sanctions, with China possibly playing a role in their formation.

North Korea appears to be edging closer to developing a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the USA following a successful weapons test on 13 May which caused alarm across the world.

The rocket, "newly designed in a Korean-style", flew 787 km and reached a maximum altitude of 2,111 km, the North said, and "verified the homing feature of the warhead under the worst re-entry situation and accurate performance of detonation system".

Schilling said the ability to hit Guam, 3,400 kilometres away, was not a game-changer, but that the new missile could be a step along the way.

Dictator Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the launch and, according to state media, warned that USA territories were within reach and that the North was capable of a retaliatory strike.

But on Tuesday, a North Korean diplomat defended its recent missile test-launch, telling the UN Conference on Disarmament it was a legitimate act of self-defence under global law.

Pyongyang should "conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", it said.

The council has condemned all five of North Korea's launches this year.

If discussions could be arranged, it would mark the first significant development in diplomacy with North Korea since the nation pulled out of six-party talks in 2009.

Asked if North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, Mr Han said: "Yes".

Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, South Korea, told Reuters that the launch is an advancement that exceeds most expectations on what North Korea's missile program could previously do.

Experts said the altitude reached by the missile tested on Sunday meant it was launched at a high trajectory, which would limit the lateral distance it traveled.

Ji also repeated an assertion by North Korean officials that Pyongyang has successfully foiled a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jong Un last month with a biochemical poison.

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