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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 22:38

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowed to take further measures including sanctions.

Aside from space launches, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the United States said, "this is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested".

Seoul- Washington and Tokyo have requested the Security Council to hold an emergency meeting, which could be held today in NY, according to what Uruguay delegation has announced.

It signaled to apply new sanctions.

"Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea", the White House said of the latest test.

Leader Kim Jong-Un personally oversaw the test, it said, and "hugged officials in the field of rocket research, saying that they worked hard to achieve a great thing".

It flew high and long, the pride of leader Kim Jong Un, who was pictured with it and applauding its launch, according to North Korea.

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

It's part of the Pyongyang government's broader strategy to develop a long-range missile armed with a nuclear warhead that could strike the United States, a flight of about 4,800 miles. North Korea says the missile was intentionally fired at a high angle out of consideration for its neighbors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday the North's latest missile test was unsafe, but warned against attempts to "intimidate" Pyongyang.

North Korean state media claimed that Sunday's test verified a homing feature in the missile that allowed it to survive "under the worst re-entry situation" and accurately detonate.

North Korea is banned from developing nuclear and missile technology under United Nations sanctions.

On Monday, North Korea's diplomatic representative in Beijing did not address any misgivings Seoul had about its recent missile test, or how the provocation could pose an obstacle to dialogue and reconciliation. The missile fell in the Sea of Japan outside of Japan's special economic zone.

Analysts say the missile was sacked at an upward trajectory to artificially limit its range during the test.

Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing.

But on Tuesday, a North Korean diplomat defended its recent missile test-launch, telling the UN Conference on Disarmament it was a legitimate act of self-defence under global law.

"I think this is an important step sort of showing where it is headed", Wright said. "What we're going to do is continue to tighten the screws".

North Korea said it was a test of the abilities of a "newly developed ballistic rocket".