Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Our missile can carry nuclear warhead, Pyongyang boasts

Our missile can carry nuclear warhead, Pyongyang boasts

The council has condemned all five of North Korea's launches this year.

"This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested [other than space launches]", Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the United States said.

The US says its "strategic patience" with North Korea is over, even hinting at a pre-emptive strike.

The remarks by Han suggested that the South Korean and US militaries closely shared data on the operation of the THAAD in South Korea.

Han said Sunday's test-launch was "successful in flight". And Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada suggested that it might be a new type of missile altogether, noting that it reached an altitude of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) and remained in the air for 30 minutes.

South Korea's Defense Ministry said more analysis is needed to verify the North's claim on the rocket's technological features.

Newly elected President Moon Jae-in said the South had to "learn to say 'no, '" to the US and to exhaust diplomatic ways of resolving issues with the North.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the launch as a test of the "perfect weapon system" and capable of carrying "a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

"If you recall, there was a time when North Korea announced it was suspending this kind of (nuclear) program, but unfortunately certain participants in the negotiations process did not have enough patience". In a show of force, the United States sent an aircraft carrier strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson, to waters off the Korean peninsula to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.

The Security Council is scheduled to hold closed-door consultations on the missile test on Tuesday.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council has promised strong measures in response to Pyongyang's "highly destabilising behaviour" and demanded a halt to "further nuclear and ballistic missiles tests".

Concern has grown about the possibility that the reclusive communist neighbor will test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile in the coming months.

North Korea boasted early Monday that the latest launch was personally supervised by leader Kim Jong Un.

The AP also reports that, according to state media, Kim warned, "the USA should not ... disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in (North Korea's) sighting range for strike".

"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the Council's previously expressed determination", the Security Council said. Russian Federation is one of the few countries that has diplomatic ties with North Korea.

"We can do a lot of different things that we haven't done yet".

The U.S. has always been skeptical that Pyongyang has the technology to mount a nuclear warhead.

And the launch was made as a warning aimed at the United States who have made their presence known by sending warship Carl Vinson into North Korean waters.

The United States called the missile launch a message to South Korea, days after Moon took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue and keep up global pressure to impede the North's arms pursuit.

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