Kim Jong-un Claims New Missile Can Reach Mainland US

Carla Harmon
May 20, 2017

Other experts quickly jumped on this as sign - although not conclusive - that North Korea may have been behind the outbreak.

Leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the test on Sunday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File).

Newly elected President Moon Jae-in said the South had to "learn to say 'no, '" to the US and to exhaust diplomatic ways of resolving issues with the North.

A South Korean government minister has said North Korea's missile program is progressing faster than expected, just hours after the UN Security Council demanded the reclusive country to halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Amid growing tensions over Pyongyang's array of missile tests, Beijing in February banned imports of North Korean coal citing United Nations resolutions for all of its measures against North Korea Coal is North Korea's main export and an important source of foreign currencies for its economy and China is its major importer.

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

The Trump administration has taken a hard line against North Korea, calling the country a "flagrant menace" after this weekend's test.

The Security Council plans to convene a closed-door emergency meeting on North Korea on Tuesday afternoon, as jointly called by the United States, Japan and South Korea. The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK to ensure full compliance with its worldwide obligations and return to the path of denuclearization. Pyongyang has since threatened a sixth.

The unidentified ballistic missile was launched at 5:27 a.m. Sunday Seoul time (4:27 p.m. Saturday ET), off Kusong north of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, a South Korean military official told NBC News.

But Klingner noted that North Korea's behavior hasn't changed and China isn't getting as tough on Pyongyang as it could.

Swedish U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog said the council needs a firm, united response but "we also feel there needs to be openness for a conversation for dialogue".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Beijing that Moscow was opposed to any new countries acquiring nuclear weapons, but that the world should talk to North Korea rather than threaten it.

North Korea said Monday it had successfully tested a new type of rocket in its latest missile launch, as analysts said it showed an unprecedented range that brought U.S. bases in the Pacific within reach.

More significant, however, was that it flew higher and for longer than previous missiles.

Obama defends not bombing Syria GOP senator: North Korea missile test "one of most advanced yet" GOP senators must keep their promises to repeal ObamaCare MORE (R-Colo.), chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on East Asia, said in a statement Monday.

The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned the North's recent ballistic missile tests, warning that the launches contributed to the development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and were greatly increasing tensions.

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