Hwasong-12: North Korea's new missile has a terrifying range
Hwasong-12: North Korea's new missile has a terrifying range
People watch a South Korean TV news broacast showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch at a railway station in Seoul
19 May, 2017, 22:27
Contained in the nonbinding press statement, which has to be approved by all members, is the emphasis the council places on the vital importance of the North "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action" and the need to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The US and Japan have called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday as North Korea's repeated missile tests this year have generated worldwide alarm.
In a statement released on Monday, the 15 members of the UN Security Council strongly condemned Pyongyang's ballistic missile test that occurred over the weekend.
And Trump had opened the door earlier this month to talks, saying he would be "honored" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a February Lunar New Year greeting card, leader Kim Jong Un listed Russian Federation as the country most friendly toward North Korea.
North Korean state media claimed that Sunday's test verified a homing feature in the missile that allowed it to survive "under the worst re-entry situation" and accurately detonate.
"North Korea's latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", John Schilling, an aerospace expert, wrote in an analysis Sunday for 38 North, a leading monitor on North Korea.
The UN first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006.
US officials reported that the missile landed 60 miles from the Russian city of Vladivostok.
Faso, R-Kinderhook, said the administration is appropriately applying diplomatic, economic and, to a lesser extent, military pressure on North Korea.
The test came just days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has called for closer engagement with the North, was inaugurated in Seoul.
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.
Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States mainland.
The news agency said it flew to an altitude of 2111.5km and covered 787km before coming down in the Sea of Japan. "Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea".
Swedish U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog said the council needs a firm, united response but "we also feel there needs to be openness for a conversation for dialogue". "I think we need to return to this". She said the United States will continue to "tighten the screws" against Pyongyang.
Lee also said North Korea should not misjudge South Korea's tough stance against missile tests despite reports of a more "conciliatory" approach to inter-Korea relations under Moon.
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