United Nations vows sanctions over new NKorea missile test

People watch a South Korean TV news broacast showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch at a railway station in Seoul

North Korea said Monday that its long-range ballistic missiles, tested with stunning success over the weekend, can reach the US mainland carrying a nuclear warhead.

Lee Illwoo, an analyst and commentator on issues concerning the military, stated Sunday that the missile flew much higher and flew longer than any missile that North Korea has launched in the past, reports KSBY.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which became operational earlier this month in South Korea, aims to destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles amid growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

"This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested", Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies told AFP. "Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea".

KCNA cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to the " ridiculous" USA strategy of "brow-beating only weak countries which have no nukes.

Over the weekend, a senior North Korean official said direct talks with Washington were possible under the right circumstances, echoing a recent statement made by President Trump.

The UN Security Council has condemned a yet another missile test held by North Korea and has again threatened with new sanctions against Pyongyang if it continues its provocative actions.

Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology, with six sets of sanctions imposed on the isolated regime since it first tested an atomic device in 2006.

After years of missile tests by North Korea that have come as part of the nation's effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile that could launch a nuclear warhead, this latest test is garnering much attention by those watching North Korea for major signs of advancement.

"This missile launch presented no threat to us, but it of course escalates this conflict and there is nothing good about that".

Ju Yong Choi said US' criticism of it was a "wanton violation of the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]". "With only one test of this reduced-scale system Pyongyang is probably some time from even beginning that process".

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has called for an immediate halt to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, and U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said on Tuesday that China's leverage was key and Beijing could do more.

"While Russia is concerned about North Korea and its missiles, it also sees North Korea as an opportunity to gain leverage with the West, the U.S. in particular", said Matthew Chance, CNN's Moscow correspondent. It could have a range of 4,500 kilometers (about 2,800 miles), putting the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam easily within range.

The missile flew 489 miles on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 1,312 miles, KCNA said.

North Korea has claimed that the missile it tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

If North Korea launches a rocket on a lofted trajectory - an angle higher than normal - "there's no guarantee that even the new interceptor we are developing with the USA can shoot it down", former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told The Nikkei Monday.



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