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Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

United Nations Security Council vows sanctions over North Korea's missile test

United Nations Security Council vows sanctions over North Korea's missile test

After years of missile tests by North Korea that have come as part of the nation's effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile that could launch a nuclear warhead, this latest test is garnering much attention by those watching North Korea for major signs of advancement.

The missile flew 787 km (489 miles) on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles), KCNA said.

The U.N.'s most powerful body says that North Korea is "greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond" and that it is vitally important the country immediately show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action".

North Korea's long-term bid to develop a credible nuclear attack threat to the USA mainland saw it launch Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet.

Suggesting, say experts, that North Korea's missile range is growing - sparking condemnation of the launch and of the leader who ordered it.

Reports say that the missile test was conducted on Sunday, May 14 as supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The missile flew as far as 489 miles and landed roughly 60 miles away from the coast of Russia's Vladivostok region.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a Security Council in April at the United Nations Headquarters, in NY.

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

The reclusive North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programmes, even from its lone major ally, China, said the missile test was a legitimate defence against USA hostility.

On the respected 38North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said yesterday's appeared to be of an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the U.S. base at Guam" in the Pacific.

The South Korean, Japanese and US militaries say the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-koo told parliament Sunday's test-launch was "successful in flight".

If North Korea launches a rocket on a lofted trajectory - an angle higher than normal - "there's no guarantee that even the new interceptor we are developing with the USA can shoot it down", former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told The Nikkei Monday. Even a new missile being developed by Japan and the US would reach an altitude of just over 1,000km.

Ju Yong Choi said US' criticism of it was a "wanton violation of the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]".

The Security Council has approved six increasingly tougher sanctions resolutions following its nuclear and missile tests.

"Now is the time to put pressure on North Korea", Abe said. "South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us", Spicer continued.

Moon Jae-in expressed deep regret, especially after leaving open the option of dialogue with North Korea, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe blasted the missile launch as "totally unacceptable" and a "grave threat" to Tokyo.

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