UN Security Council vows sanctions over N. Korea missile test

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Defense Minister Han Min-koo said at a meeting of the National Assembly’s defense committee that the THAAD’s radar in South Korea detected North Korea’s launch on Sunday, citing confirmation from the U.S.

When it comes to North Korea’s rapidly accelerating nuclear missile program, the USA would like other countries to step up to the plate more.

The United States called the missile launch a message to South Korea, days after Moon took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue and keep up worldwide pressure to impede the North’s arms pursuit.

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test and vowed strong measures, including sanctions, to derail Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.

It also said that North Korea is “greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond” and that the country should immediately show “sincere commitment to denuclearisation through concrete action”.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, told ABC’s “This Week” that “having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he’s absolutely not going to do it”.

North Korea has maintained that the missile test was in response to the nuclear dangers and threats posed by the USA and its allies.

North Korea, which is threatening a sixth nuclear test, made a global appeal in a letter released on Friday for states to reconsider enforcing United Nations sanctions.

The North’s state-run media agency said Sunday’s test involved a mid-to-long range ballistic missile that could be blasted off and out of the planet’s atmosphere and then return, and quoted leader Kim Jong Un as saying the USA mainland is in “sighting range for a strike”.

China is the linchpin of Trump’s strategy for halting North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the USA mainland.

Analysts say the missile was sacked at an upward trajectory to artificially limit its range during the test.

The rocket, “newly designed in a Korean-style”, flew 490 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 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”.

“More importantly”, he added, it “may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile”.

“The members of the Security Council expressed their utmost concern over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council by conducting these ballistic missile launches in violation of its global obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions (…)”, the Security Council said.

According to The Associated Press, North Korea chose a high angle for the launch to “avoid neighboring countries”.

US President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters this month that a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible.

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 presidency said the envoys will meet with high ranking officials to exchange ideas and explain the new South Korean government’s policy plans. They’ve failed to stop the North’s progress, which includes five nuclear test explosions since 2006.

On the respected 38North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said yesterday’s appeared to be of an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could “reliably strike the U.S. base at Guam” in the Pacific. The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry.

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