Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea's Missile Advances

North Korea's Missile Advances

The Security Council is due to meet behind closed doors later on Tuesday.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 22, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the test-fire of a ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic missile Pukguksong-2.

North Korea's claim of a solid-fuel missile test, if true, could also mean Pyongyang can swiftly target South Korea's missile defense system KAMD, as well as USA military bases in Japan and the Pacific.

The test came one week after Pyonyang successfully tested another type of missile that it boasted was capable of reaching the US armed with a nuclear warhead.

Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other 13 UN Security Council members.

The United States and South Korea have said the deployment is aimed purely at defending against any threat from North Korea, which experts have thought for months is preparing for what would be its sixth nuclear test in total.

The provocation came hours after Moon announced the appointment of Chung Eui-yong, a former diplomat and politician, as his national security advisor. "We don't see why dialogue can not take place in the current situation now".

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"We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate UN Security Council resolutions", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while in Ivory Coast.

The launch appears to be the latest weapons test for a country speeding up its nuclear weapons and missile development. According to Yonhap News, South Korea's military also said that the missile would not be able to reach Guam, which serves as a refueling hub for USA military operations located in East Asia.

The missile reached a maximum altitude of 560 km and flew for around 500 km, and given the launch angle, South Korea believes its maximum range would be 2,500 km, which is enough to target South Korea or Japan.

South Korea and the US will find it harder to detect solid-fuel missile launches in advance by reconnaissance satellites because launch preparation is much shorter than for liquid fuel.

"This information is not true", Lu said, answering a corresponding question.

Bessho said Japan hopes the council will "strengthen the measures and strengthen the sanctions mechanism".

It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.

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