Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

UN Condemns North Korea Missile Test, Vows Sanctions


That is a slap in the face for South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, who has promised greater engagement with the North, and suggests that the missile launch was an attempt to improve Pyongyang's negotiating position with a more hardline us under President Donald Trump.

"The most recent missile test by North Korea appears to be one of its most advanced yet and proves that a policy of maximum pressure that fully enforces all sanctions against the regime is the only way to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses", Sen.

Asked if North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: "Yes". And indeed, his initial reaction to Sunday's missile test suggest that may be the case.

38 North said the test "represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile".

But it said the North's missiles did appear to be able to leave and re-enter the atmosphere, which is crucial to developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), the Yonhap news agency reported.

The Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has stiffened them in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

The test "proved to the full all the technical specifications of the rocket" which was "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead", KCNA said.

"If the United States dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it", it said.

Several South Korean analysts, including Lee Illwoo, a Seoul-based commentator on military issues, said the missile flew higher and for a longer period than any other the North has ever test-fired.

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In his Monday statement, Gardner said the United States is not pressuring China enough, including by sanctioning those "enabling" the North's nuclear program.

It flew high and long, the pride of leader Kim Jong Un, who was pictured with it and applauding its launch, according to North Korea.

The remarks by Han suggested that the South Korean and USA militaries closely shared data on the operation of the THAAD in South Korea.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency called the launch a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear war head.

Pundits believe Pyongyang's latest provocation will provide a hard litmus test for South Korea's newly-elected President Moon Jae-in.

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.

North Korea is barred from ballistic missile technology under multiple Security Council resolutions.

Putin went on to add that while he's paying close attention to the actions of Kim Jong-Un, he doesn't necessarily want to jump into a situation where the world is forcing North Korea's hand.

The U.N. council also plans to convene an emergency session Tuesday to discuss the North Korea issue at the request of the USA and Japan. To underscore that point, North Korea's ambassador to China made clear on Monday that his country has no intention of stopping its work. "Given speculation over the past months about the possibility of military action by the Trump administration to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring such a weapons, the possible testing of ICBM subsystems in this low-key manner may be a North Korean hedge against the possibility of such action", the group said in a report.

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