Security Council condemns NKorea missile test

The Council demanded North Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests, adding it was ready to impose new and tougher sanctions on the regime.

"The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 28 April and 13 May of 2017", the statement said on Monday.

The U.N. Security Council late Monday expressed "utmost concern" at what it called North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and provocative defiance" of council resolutions demanding a halt to all nuclear-related tests.

The council is expected to discuss the next steps during its meeting late evening today.

Asked if the United States would advise the government of South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in against reaching out to the North, Spicer only said that Trump "looks forward to having a conversation with the new president and discussing the way forward".

Pyongyang claimed that the missile was a capable of carrying a 1-ton nuclear warhead and threatened the U.S., saying that its military was now capable of striking the USA mainland.

The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim "warned the US not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific region operations are in [North Korea's] sighting range for a strike and that it has all powerful means for a retaliatory strike".

The members also "reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability" on the Korean Peninsula.

FILE - South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in speaks at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

The rocket, "newly designed in a Korean-style", flew 787 kilometers (490 miles) and reached a maximum altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,310 miles), the North said, and "verified the homing feature of the warhead under the worst re-entry situation and accurate performance of detonation system".

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 USA -based Non-proliferation Review.

"There is no question that North Korea continues to threaten the United States, our allies Japan, South Korea and its neighbors, including both China and Russian Federation", press secretary Sean Spicer said.

The North is banned from testing missiles using ballistic technology under multiple UNSC resolutions that have been adopted since 2006.

The military said that although more analysis is required to verify the North Korean claim, "we believe the possibility of that is low".

As for China, it's taken a tougher stance on North Korea lately but is now more focused on its massive Belt And Road investment in worldwide trading infrastructure.

Kim Do-hoon, 31, said that South Korea, while keeping the "door open for conversation" with the North, should also "show a stern attitude at some level".

But he slammed the latest test as a "reckless provocation" and said dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude". The session had been requested by the United States and Japan on Sunday, shortly after North Korea's test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

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