UN Security Council condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

Gladys Abbott
May 25, 2017

Analysts said the Hwasong travelled further than any previous ballistic missile launched by the North.

South Korea fired warning shots today at a flying object that entered the country's airspace from North Korea across the Demilitarized Zone, Seoul's military said.

Previously, Yonhap cited a defense official as saying that the military fired at what could have been a drone.

The US Pacific Command said that the missile fell into the Sea of Japan and that all indications are that it was a medium-range missile.

Kim said "with pride" that the Pukguksong-2 was a "very accurate" missile and a "successful strategic weapon", KCNA said, adding he "approved the deployment of this weapon system for action".

It called the missile an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.

Only last week, North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile shortly after one of Kim Jong-Un's weapons successfully re-entered the earth's atmosphere.

It followed the test launch May 14 of what was believed to be an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile that Pyongyang boasted was capable of carrying a "heavy" nuclear warhead.

"If the suspected balloons were spherical, then I suspect they were from North Korea", he said. The ongoing testing is disappointing.

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A South Korean joint chiefs statement said, "Our military is closely monitoring signs for additional provocation by the North Korean military and we are keeping a full military readiness".

This technology is key to ensuring that the warhead is able to withstand the vibrations and heat of the flight's terminal phase before the impact. North Korea is threatening a sixth nuclear test. He vowed to bring up the issue at this week's G-7 summit in Italy. Seoul's military said the North Korean projectile crossed the border with South Korea. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting had not been officially announced.

He told reporters on Monday that France hopes the council will move ahead on a strong resolution that demands better implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions against North Korea.

Developing longer-range solid fuel missiles, however, was highly complicated and would "take time, lots of it", Elleman said.

Kim Jong-un personally oversaw Sunday's test, during which the missile flew over 300 miles before splashing down in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.

North Korea said on Monday it successfully tested what it called an intermediate-range ballistic missile, which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, although U.S. officials and experts questioned the extent of its progress.

"The military is keeping tight surveillance over the North and maintaining high vigilance", the statement said.

According to North Korea's government media, Sunday's test shows that the Pukguksong-2 is now ready to be "mass-produced".

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