UN Security Council to meet Tuesday over North Korea missile launch

by Linda Olson May 16, 2017, 9:18

North Korea says it has no choice but to advance its nuclear and missile development to defend itself from attack. It was intentionally conducted at the highest angle in consideration of the security of neighboring countries, said the North. Leader Kim Jong-un was said to have overseen the launch on the spot.

The U.N. Security Council will be holding private consultations Tuesday afternoon regarding North Korea's recent missile testing.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russian Federation on Sunday.

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, a flight of some 8,000 kilometers, presenting US President Donald Trump with perhaps his most pressing security issue.

The launch came as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather near Guam for drills that are partly a message to North Korea.

The South Korean military is gathering and analyzing information.

Beijing has cited United Nations resolutions for all of its measures against North Korea.

It was North Korea's seventh missile test since Trump took office on January 20, although most of the others were considered failures. "The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating".

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"We recently completed the deployment of the first battery there". The North did not specify what proper choice it had in mind.

The latest projectile, launched from a military base in Kusong near the country's northwest coast, traveled some 435 miles (700 kilometers) before landing in the Sea of Japan.

The North has successfully launched long-range rockets twice to put objects into space, although many experts believed it was some years away from mastering the re-entry technology needed to ideal an ICBM. This image made from video of an undated still image broadcast in a news bulletin by North Korea's KRT on Monday, May 15, 2017, shows leader Kim Jong Un at what was said to be a missile test site at an undisclosed location in North.

In April it put dozens of missiles on show at a giant military parade through the capital, including one that appeared to be the type launched on Sunday.

North Korean state media claimed that Sunday's test proved that the country could launch a missile with a nuclear tip.

To actually deliver such a missile, Pyongyang would have to have advanced technology in both miniaturizing its nuclear weapons as well as in protecting a nuclear warhead from being destroyed upon re-entry in the earth's atmosphere.

"If the U.S. awkwardly attempts to provoke the DPRK, it will not escape from the biggest disaster in the history, Kim said, strongly warning the United States 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 members of the Security Council expressed their utmost concern over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council by conducting these ballistic missile launches in violation of its worldwide obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions (...)", the Security Council said.


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