United Nations strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

Posted April 08, 2017

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described the launch as "extremely problematic" and said Tokyo had lodged a strong protest.

From previous year, North Korea took the rare step of publicizing images of its missile equipment tests, convincing analysts that Pyongyang's banned program was further along toward successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile than first thought.

North Korea has long fired missiles and detonated nuclear devices during major political events in South Korea and the United States, and before or during regional talks. "We have no further comment", the statement said.

Carter said the Obama and previous U.S. administrations had appealed for China to put more pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons program.

The "reckless actions" are driving the tense situation on the Korean peninsula "to the brink of a war", a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency. -China summit in Florida will be whether Trump will make good on his threat to use crucial trade ties with China to pressure Beijing to do more to rein in Pyongyang.

Russian Federation can help pressure North Korea on its nuclear program with sanctions and the United States is willing to explore other measures, a senior US Department of State official said on Thursday.

The new missile could cover all of North Korea even when fired from a southern region of the country, it said.

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In his brief, nationally televised remarks, Abe said Trump had told him that all options were on the table regarding how to handle North Korea. The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts Thursday, he said. It gave no further details like exactly what type of missile the North launched. Earlier in March, it fired four missiles towards Japan, some of which came as close as 300 km (190 miles) to the Japanese coast.

Rep. Ted PoeTed PoeHouse votes to move toward designating North Korea as state sponsor of terror Trump, Freedom Caucus turn on each other Trump threatens to "fight" Freedom Caucus in midterms MORE (R-Texas), the author of the bill directing the State Department to reconsider the state sponsor of terrorism designation, argued North Korea's escalation of weapons tests merited at least consideration for being reinstated as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement around the same time that initial assessments showed the missile was a mid-ranged KN-15.

The House approved legislation on Monday that would order the State Department to determine whether North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism.

Unlike South Korea, the North operates under heavy global sanctions as the UN Security Council has been working for years to stop Pyongyang's development of weapons of mass destruction.

Experts and officials in the South and the United States believe Pyongyang is still some time away from mastering all the technology needed for an operational ICBM system, such as re-entry of the atmosphere and subsequent missile guidance.

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