North Korea 'flatly rejects' United Nations vow to tighten sanctions

Cheryl Sanders
June 4, 2017

The spokesman also said that South Korea is "dancing to the tune" of outsiders, warning that Seoul should not take issue with North Korea's move to bolster its self-defense.

"The unidentified object is undergoing analysis ... our military will strengthen its anti-aircraft surveillance and maintain alertness", the joint chiefs said.

The identity of the object remained unclear, the military said, but Yonhap news agency said it was possibly a drone.

This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Monday, May 22, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches the test launch of what was said to be the Pukguksong-2 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

China has called on North Korea not to defy UN Security Council resolutions by its nuclear and missile activities following Pyongyang's test-launch of a mid-range ballistic missile.

The North's official KCNA news agency, citing the spokesman for the foreign ministry, said the country had "substantially displayed" the capabilities for mounting a nuclear attack on Hawaii and Alaska and had built full capabilities for attacking the USA mainland.

The pace of North Korean missile tests has increased in recent months and experts fear it indicates progress towards Pyongyang's ultimate goal of putting a nuclear warhead on a missile that could strike the continental US. The object retreated back into North Korea, disappearing from radar screens.

The members 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", in the joint press statement, calling the North's latest missile launch a violation of its worldwide obligations under six UNSC resolutions that have been passed since 2006.

He added that South Korea, the United States and Japan called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council scheduled for Tuesday to discuss a response to the North's ballistic missile test.

China has been infuriated by the U.S. deployment of THAAD in South Korea, insisting that it poses a threat to its security and will do nothing to ease tensions with Pyongyang.

This is the second missile launch since South Korean President Moon Jae-in's inauguration on May 10th and is likely to test the new administration's dual approach to the regime of denuclearization and dialogue.

The Koreas face off across the world's most heavily armed border, and their militaries occasionally trade gunfire and accuse each other of provoking first.

The missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles). As for the United States, missiles could potentially hit San Francisco in 30-34 minutes and Washington, 30-39 minutes.

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