UN Security Council condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

May 24, 2017, 04:57

The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) and reached a height of 560 kilometers (350 miles) on Sunday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean.

The UN statement comes on the eve of a closed-door meeting scheduled to take place later on Tuesday, at the request of South Korea, the United States and Japan.

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it", Haley said. China and Russian Federation, both permanent members of the council, are seen to hold the key to the progress of the discussion.

They also agreed to "react to the latest provocation in a resolute manner" through steps including those at the United Nations Security Council, it said.

South Korea's liberal government under newly-elected President Moon Jae-in, said it has dashed hopes of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

State news agency KCNA claimed that Kim Jong-Un supervised the test.

The test-fire of Pukguksong-2 was aimed to finally verify all the technical indexes of the weapon system and thoroughly examine its adaptability under various battle conditions, before its deployment at military units for action.

The PukGuksong-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile was sacked into waters off the east coast of North Korea on Sunday (May 21).

It has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of previous year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

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It's moving ahead with its nuclear weapons programme as well. Satellite imagery suggests it could be ready to conduct its next test - which would be its sixth - at virtually any time.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible over its weapons programs, although U.S. officials say tougher sanctions, not military force, are the preferred option to counter the North Korean threat.

Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho told reporters afterward that "North Korea is acting in triumphant and emboldened manner by this most recent launch, and is now clearly demonstrating that it is determined to further bolster its nuclear build-up". "This is the [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] answer to the Trump administration".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday in Washington that North Korea should "trust us for once" that it is not seeking regime change in the North or planning to invade the country, adding there was no reason for the United States to be hostile to North Korea if it denuclearizes.

Following a successful test at the weekend, North Korea says it will mass produce its latest missile.

Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology.

He noted the Pukguksong-2's solid fuel is of particular concern.

Solid fuel presents advantages for weapons because the fuel is more stable and can be transported easily for a launch at very short notice.

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