North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile

The U.S. stance towards North Korea, which on Sunday test fired a ballistic missile, is likely to become tougher than before, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

The closed door meeting will be held at 5 p.m., said a spokesperson of Ukraine's mission, which is holding the presidency of the organisation this month, Efe news reported.

At a news conference on Monday, Mr Trump said: "Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly".

The North's leader Kim Jong-Un "expressed great satisfaction over the possession of another powerful nuclear attack means which adds to the tremendous might of the country", the state news agency KCNA said on Monday.

Trump says the U.S. stands fully behind Japan in the aftermath of North Korea's latest missile launch.

The two leaders were dining Saturday night at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort when the call came: North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile off its eastern coast; it traveled 310 feet before plunking into the Sea of Japan.

"It is time to hold North Korea accountable - not with our words, but with our actions". The missile, launched as Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida, is believed to have flown about 500 km (300 miles) before splashing down in global waters. The United States must be willing to use sticks - such as sanctions and deploying missile defenses in South Korea - as well as carrots to end the North Korean threat. The president merely stated that the country fully stands behind Japan a hundred percent.

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".

But his response didn't mention as to what specific action he would initiate against the North Korean regime for violating the UN Security Council resolution by test-firing a ballistic missile.

But solid fuel-powered missiles need much less infrastructure, making them hard for those monitoring North Korea's military movements to spot, as there are fewer indicators, such as movement of trucks, for South Korean or US satellites and other surveillance to pick up on.

South Korea's foreign ministry issued a statement calling North's missile test as an "explicit" violation of related U.N. Security Council resolutions.

But it's unlikely that the meeting will lead to any serious punishment for North Korea, which is already under a slew of United Nations and other worldwide sanctions. The report early Monday said Kim gave the order to fire the "Pukguksong-2", which the agency said was a "Korean style new type strategic weapon system". Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is also the acting president, said his country would punish North Korea for the missile launch.

Analysts say Sunday's missile test isn't directly linked to ICBM test preparations. It employs a solid-fuel system that is quicker for launching than the liquid-fuel system employed in the Musudan.

Last year, North Korea conducted its fourth and fifth atomic bomb tests and claimed a series of technical breakthroughs in its push for a long-range nuclear missile.



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