UN Security Council slams latest ballistic missile launches

Pauline Gross
May 25, 2017

The launch is the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday saying dialogue as well as pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit. Schilling also predicts the missile could have flown almost 2,800 miles (or about 4,500 kilometers) if launched on a maximum trajectory - which would put Guam within striking distance of North Korean missles but "won't greatly change the strategic balance" because "aside from Guam, there aren't really any interesting targets in that range".

KCNA said the new rocket was a "perfect weapon" which was "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

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. But many had believed it was some years away from mastering re-entry expertise for perfecting an ICBM, which uses similar engineering in early flight stages.

The statement also condemned an earlier ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang on April 28 - following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions.

Experts have cast doubt on that claim, though they say the test still represented a significant step forward for Pyongyang's goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

Russian Federation responded to the missile launch by "putting its eastern air defenses on high alert", according to the CNN report.

"They have the overwhelming dominant economic relationship with North Korea and because they have the greatest leverage, they have the greatest responsibility", he added. But the system might be adapted to provide it, in time, with an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the United States.

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But aside from World Cup bids, North Korea is perhaps more preoccupied at the moment with its missiles tests and threatening the world with nuclear war.

North Korea's lack of change in nuclear policy however, has concerned Moon, who had maintained he will be willing to visit his neighboring country and meet with Kim if the conditions were right.

The North also experimented with a heavier warhead and may have also tested a re-entry vehicle, according to North Korean media reports.

Ji Jae Ryong told reporters Monday at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing that Pyongyang would continue to conduct launches in the future, as long as the country's supreme leader deemed necessary.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum Sunday, Guan Jianxing, 22, a native of Dandong on the border with North Korea, said she was "very anxious about the situation".

The missile launched Sunday appears to be the most powerful the country has ever tested.

ABC News takes a look at what we know and don't know about the latest North Korean missile launch. He has also vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.

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