Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

In global appeal, North Korea urges states not to enforce United Nations sanctions

In global appeal, North Korea urges states not to enforce United Nations sanctions

The kind of projectile matters because while North Korea regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the USA mainland.

The missile, launched near the city of Kusong, flew 700 kilometers (435 miles), the South Korean military said.

Two sources with knowledge of the situation said the U.S. embassy in Beijing had submitted a diplomatic note to China's Foreign Ministry, saying inviting North Korea sent the wrong message at a time when the world was trying to pressure it over its repeated missile and nuclear tests.

The country also complained of "crazy hostile acts" by the U.S. under the guise of countering North Korea's weapons program, calling them "designed to trample down the sovereignty of" North Korea.

The firing of the missile could also be seen as an insult to Beijing.

The North Korean mission had been appealing to the United Nations to prevent additional sanctions from being levied on the increasingly isolated country. "This is totally unacceptable and we strongly protest it".

South Korean president 'may visit Pyongyang'
Mr Trump invited Democratic party leader Mr Moon to visit the United States "as early as possible". It says he is a North Korean resident of Pyongyang who worked for a time in the Russian Far East.

China has engaged in economic retaliation against Korea over the deployment of the US -led Thaad antimissile system in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, which it says goes against its security interests.

"North Korea's repeated missile launches are a grave threat to our country and a clear violation of UN resolutions", Abe told reporters, adding Japan will stay in close touch with the United States and South Korea.

The missile launch comes amid claims claims from Kim Jong-Un's spokesmen that he is willing to talk to the US.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a "major, major conflict" with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programmes.

Kim's regime has sought to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Pic: ReutersNorth Korea demanded on Thursday the handover of "terror suspects" who plotted to kill leader Kim Jong Un with a biochemical substance, repeating accusations it made last week that USA and South Korean spies were behind the plan. The Trump administration has made a show of force in the region to deter those programs' development.

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