UN Security Council condemns North Korea missiles tests

Joan Terry
May 18, 2017

Yesterday the United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea's recent missile tests.

Kim apparently hugged the high-ranking officials in the field of rocket research after the launch, saying they worked hard to achieve a great thing.

USA officials had yet to react to the North's claim, but Japan said, regardless, the new test showed "some progress" in the isolated country's missile programme and was thus further evidence that "we have entered a new level of threat regarding North Korea".

Yet, Pyongyang does not want to recognize this document by claiming that North Korea has every right to strengthen its own defense capability.

According to US officials that in this weekend's test the KN-17 missile launched on a "lofted" vertical trajectory that sent it 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) in altitude.

"If the US awkwardly attempts to provoke the DPRK, it will not escape from the biggest disaster in the history, Kim said, strongly warning the USA should not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in the DPRK's sighting range for strike and that it has all powerful means for retaliatory strike", KCNA said.

The council signaled Monday it was ready to act against North Korea because of its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of earlier demands to end all nuclear testing.

FILE - South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In speaks at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

Despite that, President Trump already expressed his intent to keep the relationship between the USA and North Korea "diplomatic" to prevent the latter from using nuclear missiles.

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Washington and Tokyo called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

"This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested", Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the U.S. told AFP.

The North is under United Nations sanctions for its nuclear and missile programmes, which have triggered global alarm.

While Trump has said he'd be "honored" to talk Kim under favorable conditions, Haley seemed to rule out the possibility.

The US Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, confirmed the rocket launch but said the unidentified projectile did not appear to be large enough to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, saying only that the launch did not pose a threat to North America. The missile reached an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,245 miles), a first for a North Korean missile.

North Korea has tested dozens of banned missiles in the previous year, though this was the first one deemed by USA officials to have been a success, after a string of recent failures.

A reliable missile must endure at least 10 successful test launches, according to Professor Chae Yeon-seok at South Korea's University of Science & Technology. "This could also be an opportunity for China to show that it can initiate some plausible plans to handle the North Korea issue within the framework of the worldwide community", Su said.

"It's a serious problem for global stability and security, and I'm convinced that the upcoming G-7, in friendship, will contribute to resolving this issue", he said in Beijing.

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