N.Korea says missile can carry nuclear warhead

Describing the missile launch as a "grave provocative act that damages the peace and security of the region and the global community", Inada relayed to her counterpart Japan's intention to beef up its cooperation with the new South Korean government under President Moon Jae In.

The North Korean authorities announced on Monday that it had successfully tested a ground-to-ground intermediate ballistic missile a day before, Sputnik reported citing South Korean media.

KCNA cited Kim as saying that the U.S. strategy of what it called "militarily browbeating only weak countries and nations which have no nukes" would never work on the North.

Haley also said on ABC's "This Week" that Kim is "in a state of paranoia".

North Korea has also launched satellites into orbit on long-range rockets that share some of the same technology as missiles.

The launch is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four days ago and comes as US, Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.

U.S. officials said the missile launched near the city of Kusong, in western North Korea, flew across the country and into the Sea of Japan/East Sea, hitting the water about 60 miles from Vladivostok in eastern Russian Federation. South Korea remains open to the possibility of talks but will deal sternly with North Korea's provocations, Yoon quoted Moon as saying.

However, Japanese officials said the missile flew for about 30 minutes, travelling about 800 km (500 miles) and reaching an altitude of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) - a flight pattern that could indicate a new type of missile.

A spokesperson of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU's diplomatic service, noted in a statement that North Korea move seriously violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

The statement says the US maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.

Whatever the type of missile, the launch forces the new South Korean leader, Moon Jae-in, to put dealing with Pyongyang above the domestic economic agenda he made a priority during his early days in office. And the White House says the latest "provocation" should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North.

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada suggested the missile might have been on a "lofted" trajectory, meaning it could fly a flatter path and have a far longer range.

Analysts were working to identify the kind of missile launched.

The missile was sacked from the region of Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, where North Korea, in February, successfully test-launched an intermediate-range missile.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Sunday that the launch, which is banned by the United Nations, is "absolutely unacceptable" and that Japan will respond resolutely.

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