Pyongyang rejects United Nations statement on missile test

North Korea claims it has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland but it has not tested one as yet

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea late Monday over its latest ballistic missile launches and warned of "further significant measures" if Pyongyang doesn't stop nuclear and missile testing.

US, Japanese and South Korean military officials held a teleconference on Monday in which they condemned the launch as "a clear violation" of multiple security council resolutions.

The North conducted two nuclear tests and a slew of rocket launches past year in continued efforts to expand its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

The statement also reads that United Nations member states should increase their efforts to ensure that measures introduced against Pyongyang are fully implemented.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump's new administration.

The latest launch of a missile came as USA leader Donald Trump was meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and after he spoke by phone with President Xi Jinping (習近平).

Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from developing the capability to strike the USA with a missile, though the administration hasn't yet announced a detailed North Korea policy. But the US president did not elaborate on what actions he planned to take in relation to the DPRK.

But U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley did not answer questions from reporters.

Australia will continue autonomous sanctions against North Korea and will work with other nations to increase the cost to North Korea of its continuing reckless and unsafe conduct, the statement said.

Similar statements were made 11 times in 2016.

North Korea said it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, claiming advances in a weapons program it is pursuing in violation of United Nations resolutions. "The Secretary-General appeals to the global community to continue to address this situation in a united manner". The Trump administration mentioned that further sanctions were still likely, a statement welcomed by observers in South Korea. "We have to implement the very robust, strong resolution that we already have. The UN Security Council will hold a discussion, and China will participate in the discussion with a full sense of responsibility".

North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to deal with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) "very strongly", calling the Asian country a "big, big problem". "The 500-kilometer distance traveled will very much have been a political decision (rather than a technical limitation) created to be seen as a provocation by Japan, without escalation, and to test the new U.S. administration", Dewey told CNN. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the test as "absolutely intolerable" and said his position on North Korea's missile launch had "100 per cent" backing by the United States, it was reported by AP.

"China doesn't want to get caught in the middle", Diaz said.

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