Trump vows 'very strong' action against North Korea for test-firing missile

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

Backed by China, Pyongyang's main ally, the council agreed on a US-drafted statement describing the test-firing of the missile as a "grave violation" of United Nations resolutions and threatening "further significant measures".

"We are in talks with the determine the size of USA strategic assets to be deployed and the range of their exposure to local media", the Ministry of National Defense reported.

Suge announced that Japan would protest the North Korean missile launch through diplomatic routes - via China.

Abe returned Monday night from the meetings in Washington and a round of golf with Trump at one of his courses in Florida. These moves were apparently aimed at deliberately creating a critical situation and convincing new USA administrations of the need to sit at the negotiation able with Pyongyang. Mr Trump declared that America "stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%".

The council "called upon all member states to redouble their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea by the Security Council", according to the statement. He said Trump has assured him of US support and that Trump's presence showed the president's determination and commitment.

A U.S. official told CNN the missile travelled 500 km before landing in the sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, and that it was launched from North Pyongan province.

The medium to long-range ballistic missile tested on Sunday was spotted by the South Korean military flying over the Sea of Japan. But Yonhap reported that while determinations are still being made, it was not believed to be an ICBM.

A spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command said in an emailed statement to Fox News that the, "U.S".

North Korea has repeatedly flouted six Security Council resolutions demanding an end to its nuclear and ballistic missile activities and imposing increasing tougher sanctions.

"We confirm that the new type of ballistic missile launched by North Korea has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers, according to our intelligence agency", said Lee Cheol Woo, a ruling party lawmaker who serves as the head of the Intelligence Committee in the National Assembly.

Beyond the usual, lofty propaganda, North Korea's test of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile contains an important, potentially worrying development.

The country's jubilant young dictator, Kim Jong Un, said the missile provides the country with yet another nuclear attack capability. Analysts are divided, however, over how close the North is to having a reliable long-range rocket that could be coupled with a nuclear warhead capable to striking USA targets.

On a visit to South Korea last week, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an "effective and overwhelming" response.

North Korea has claimed a test missile launch was a success, amid continued worldwide condemnation over the test.

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