UN strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

Posted April 08, 2017

Washington, Seoul and others call the North's space program a cover for its long-range missile development program.

Japanese spokesperson Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday said the firing of missile by North Korea is in clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and strongly protested the act.

The US will be monitoring how well partners, including China, implement the United Nations resolutions with regard to North Korea. The effect of further sanctions is questionable as North Korea puts the survival of its ruling elite before the wellbeing of its struggling populace and already is one of the most heavily penalized places on earth.

A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. It gave no further details like exactly what type of missile the North launched.

Trump's strong words come ahead of a meeting later this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the United States president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Following that country's early March missile tests, which came provocatively close to Japan, the USA leader emphasised his administration's commitment to "deter and defend against North Korea's ballistic missiles using the full range of United States military capabilities".

But in 2012 it reached an agreement with the United States to nearly triple the range of its ballistic missile systems to guard against the North's nuclear threats, and has since been developing missiles with longer ranges.

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In February the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan.

North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility. Many weapons experts say the North could have a functioning nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental USA within a few years.

Every North Korean nuclear test and missile launch reminds the United States and its allies of the limited options they have on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts Thursday, he said.

The North's latest launch came as outside satellite imagery show possible preparations for a new nuclear test at the North's main nuclear test site, such as communication cables used to initiate a test and collect data being already laid.

North Korean state media said the "Pukguksong-2" missile is a surface-to-surface missile that can carry nuclear warheads.

A spokesman of Moon Jae-in, a presidential candidate of the country's biggest Minjoo Party, criticized the missile launch, saying North Korea's repeated military provocations would only isolate the country and cause pressures and sanctions.

North Korea conducted its fourth missile test this year Wednesday morning by launching a projectile from the eastern port city of Sinpo in South Hamgyong Province at around 6:42 a.m., which peaked at an altitude of 189 kilometers (117 miles) and flew 60 kilometers for nine minutes before landing in the East Sea, according to the JCS.