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North Korea says missile can carry nuclear warhead

Poland condemns N. Korea missile test North Korea sets up ballistic test for South, US
Manuel Armenta | 15 May, 2017, 20:04

According to the news report, the missile reached an altitude of 2,111km and flew accurately 787km toward the target in open waters.

"North Korea's latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", Washington-based monitoring project, 38 North, said in an analysis issued on Sunday.

The estimated range of the North's Musudan missile is about 3,000 kilometers (1,865 miles), Wright said. He says Japan and the US also started discussing the sanctions on North Korea, but did not elaborate.

Outside militaries will closely analyze what the North fired.

North Korea is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the mainland United States. The missile flew more than 700 kilometres (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

"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", the White House statement said.

The statement says Washington maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.

"Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

The missile landed in the sea near Russian Federation on Sunday in a launch that Washington called a message to South Korea, days after its new president took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.

The United States and Japan called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, and a meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, according to the UN mission of Uruguay, which now holds the council's presidency.

"Even if dialogue is possible, (we) should show (to North Korea) that it's possible only in case of North Korea changing its attitude", Moon told the NSC meeting, according to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Sunday that the launch, which is banned by the United Nations, is "absolutely unacceptable" and that Japan will respond resolutely. Some experts, including officials in Tokyo, estimate that Sunday's launch successfully tested a new type of missile in Pyongyang's arsenal.

It flew for 30 minutes, much longer than other recent missile launches, meaning that it went straight up rather than trying to fly as far as possible - a path that would have sent it over Japan.

North Korea is not thought to be able yet to make a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile, though some outside analysts think they can arm shorter range missiles with warheads; each new nuclear and longer-range missile test is part of the North's attempt to build a nuclear-tipped long-range missile.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was launched from near Kusong, in North Phyongan province.

The U.N. Security Council said Sunday it will hold urgent consultations on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea.

During the past couple of years, North Korea has said it would hold talks with the United States - as long as denuclearization was not on the agenda, a deal-breaker for Washington.

The projectile launch comes two weeks after a ballistic missile test that South Korean and U.S. officials said failed. It said President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure and engagement" policy is only aimed at "stifling us" and will compel the North to "strengthen our nuclear deterrent at the maximum speed".

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a Security Council meeting in April.

Mr Moon won Tuesday's election on a platform of a moderate approach to North Korea and has said he would be willing to go to Pyongyang under the right circumstances.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun devoted half of its six-page edition on Monday to coverage of the missile test, including vivid photographs of the launch and a jubilant Kim Jong Un celebrating with military officers.