United Nations chief condemns 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

While observing the launch, Kim reportedly warned that the American mainland and Pacific strategic theater are within North Korea's strike range.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un was said to have witnessed the test and "hugged officials in the field of rocket research, saying that they worked hard to achieve a great thing", according to North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

It said the newly developed Hwasong-12 flew as high as 2,111 kilometers (1,310 miles) before landing in a targeted area in the ocean about 787 kilometers (490 miles) from the launch site. That suggests a range of 4500km or more, analysts said.

The United Nations Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch, diplomats said - a meeting that was requested by the U.S. and allies South Korea and Japan.

After three failures, it was the first successful test of an intermediate-range missile capable of reaching the island of Guam, where the USA has a major bomber base.

North Korea's ambassador to China says that Pyongyang's test-firing of a ballistic missile over the weekend is part of the country's efforts to develop ways to defend itself against hostile aggression overseas.

The statement also condemned an earlier ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang on April 28 - following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions.

But experts have long believed that manufacturing a compact warhead for a long-range missile capable of striking the United States is one of the last remaining technologies North Korea has yet to master. "If the U.S. dares opt for a military provocation against [us] we are ready to counter it".

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday that the missile crashed into the Sea of Japan around 500 km (310 miles) off the Russian coast.

Moon's top foreign policy adviser, Chung Eui-yong, and Matt Pottinger, overseeing Asian affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, met in Seoul on Tuesday in the first direct contact between the two administrations since Moon's inauguration last week. Beijing is wary of piling on economic pressure that could cause North Korea's collapse, and it wasn't clear Monday if it would support new sanctions.

KCNA said the test "proved to the full" the missile's capabilities, including guidance and stabilisation systems, its engine performance in flight, and "the homing feature of the warhead under the worst re-entry situation and accurate performance of detonation system".

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Sunday that the worldwide community will "continue to tighten the screws" around the North Korean regime.

North Korea has tested dozens of banned missiles in the a year ago, though this was the first success after a string of recent failures.

North Korea, which is threatening a sixth nuclear test, made a global appeal in a letter released on Friday for states to reconsider enforcing United Nations sanctions. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

"At present the South Korean people are hungry for a new politics, a new society and a new way of life", the official said, regarding the election of Moon, but added change with the North would only come about if Seoul complies with past joint declarations with North Korea.

Within North Korea's existing operational arsenal are the Hwasong-5 and 6, Rodong, and Musudan missiles.

"Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, told "This Week".



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