Domingo, 17 Febrero, 2019

United Nations slams DPRK's latest ballistic missile test

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Manuel Armenta | 17 May, 2017, 17:26

The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests, warning that the launches contributed to the development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and were greatly increasing tensions.

Aside from Pyongyang's space launches, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the U.S. told AFP: "This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested".

US President Donald Trump's administration has called for an immediate halt to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes and has warned that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea under previous presidents was at an end.

The Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has stiffened them in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry also condemned the missile launch in a written statement.

"The Secretary-General condemns the launch of another ballistic missile by the DPRK", Guterres's spokesman said in a statement.

North Korea yesterday celebrated the launch of what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet tested in a bid to bring the United States mainland within reach. At the request of the United States and Japan, the United Nations Security Council will convene an urgent session on Tuesday to discuss the situation. Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new measures before involving remaining council members.

Apart from worries about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday.

"The test-fire aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead", KCNA said.

He urged other world leaders to "stop intimidating North Korea and find a peaceful solution to the problem". It was sacked from a test site in Kusong, North Korea, and uses liquid fuel, according to ABC.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "reckless", "provocative" and "unlawful".

"The greatest responsibility for bringing North Korea to its senses. lies with China", Turnbull says.

Leader Kim Jong-un personally oversaw the test on Sunday, the official Korea Central News Agency said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch. The missile firing took place Sunday, North Korea time, with the projectile landing in the sea between North Korea and Japan.

Japanese officials say the missile flew for about 30 minutes, traveling about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and reaching an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).