Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea claims its new long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

Why does this test matter?

The KCNA report said that, as ever, the test had been overseen by the North's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. If confirmed, that would make it the highest test out of the seven Pyongyang has conducted this year.

"The greatest responsibility for bringing North Korea to its senses. lies with China", Turnbull says. And the USA rotates heavy bombers, including B-1s, B-2s and B-52s, through the island.

North Korea, which has defied calls to rein in its weapons program - even from its lone major ally China, has been working on a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead capable of striking the United States mainland.

It's viewed as an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), the ministry said, adding additional analysis is needed to check if the North has secured a "stable" missile technology for atmospheric re-entry. The country's state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, posted an elaborate spread Monday showing photos of the launch along with a smiling Kim Jong Un celebrating with military officers, Reuters reported.

"This may become half or a third of an ICBM", she said, pointing out that such missile are built in two or three stages stacked atop of each other.

However, while THAAD's installation by the USA last month has been largely criticized by China-which has made claims the only increasing tensions in the region and potentially could use the system's radar to spy on China-it did prove successful in detecting the North's latest in a number of tests that are escalating in frequency. "This could also be an opportunity for China to show that it can initiate some plausible plans to handle the North Korea issue within the framework of the worldwide community", Su said.

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In a unanimously agreed statement, the 15-member council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions".

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council voiced "utmost concern" about Sunday's launch, described by Pyongyang as a mid-to-long range missile that traveled 787 kilometers before plunging into the Sea of Japan. The missile flew as far as 489 miles and landed roughly 60 miles away from the coast of Russia's Vladivostok region.

In a White House statement released Sunday, Spicer said: "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil - in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan - the President can not imagine that Russia is pleased".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday the North's latest missile test was risky, but warned against attempts to "intimidate" Pyongyang. "This missile launch posed no threat to the Russian Federation".

What will the U.S. do? "Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea".

"The United Kingdom strongly condemns this latest provocation from the DPRK regime, which demonstrates yet again what a threat to worldwide peace and security they are".

Last month, Russian Federation and China backed a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning a previous missile launch, demanding that it "immediately" cease further actions that violate resolutions.

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