Trump vows 'very strong' action against North Korea for test-firing missile

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the construction site of Ryomyong Street in this undated

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.

Last week newly minted U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis' first worldwide trip since taking office made stops in both Tokyo and Seoul to reassure the U.S. allies that Trump's administration and the U.S. military stand behind them, as well as to issue a warning to North Korea that any use of nuclear weapons would be met with an "overwhelming" response by the U.S.

The latest missile was launched from near the north-western city of Kusong on Sunday, travelling almost 500 kilometres into the Sea of Japan and landing in worldwide waters.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has condemned North Korea's recent missile launch, calling on its 15 members to "redouble efforts" to implement the sanctions already slapped on Pyongyang over its missile work.

The missile test was a violation of United Nations resolutions, and is part of a long process to develop a strong nuclear weapons program.

North Korea has tested missiles with a range of over 3,000km in the past. Without more pressure from China, North Korea is unlikely to stop.

"China opposes North Korea's activity, which violated the UN Security Council decision", China Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said ahead of the Secutiry Council meeting.

"In this respect, my delegation strongly rejects the latest statement of the UN Security Council and all UN resolutions against my country".

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 claim came as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on the respond with unspecified "actions". The country has also stated that the root cause of the persistence of the program is not their fault, but that of tense relations with the US and South Korea.

A Communist Party newspaper said in an editorial Monday that the timing of Sunday's launch, a day after the end of China's 15-day Lunar New Year period, suggests Beijing's participation in U.N. Security Council sanctions is having a "positive effect".

The test could also be an attempt to bolster internal unity in a way that doesn't provoke the United States too much, as a long-range missile or nuclear test would do, said Lee Illwoo, a Seoul-based commentator on military issues.

South Korea's military said on Monday the missile had been launched using a "cold-eject" system, whereby it is initially lifted by compressed gas before flying under the power of its rocket, a system used for submarine-launched missiles.

"We stand with Japan and we stand with our allies in the region to address the North Korean menace", Miller said.

The missile had a range of more than 2,000 kms (1,240 miles), according to South Korea's intelligence agency. "The North Korean leader likes to draw attention at times like this".



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