Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UN chief condemns DPRK's ballistic missile launch

Oil futures are down modestly in Asian trade on Friday, but prices have been holding steady in the face of another missile test by North Korea.

On September 15, North korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile over Japanese territory - several days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2375.

Capable of traveling 300 kilometers and carrying up to a 1.5-ton warhead, the Hyunmoo II-A missile has been billed as a key asset for the South Korean military to destroy North Korea's underground nuclear sites, missile facilities and wartime commands.

It also demanded that the DPRK comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions as well as the statements of its President by suspending all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and, in that context, re-establish its pre-existing commitments to a moratorium on missile launches.

"DPRK must put a stop to these tests and to start talks instead", added Cayetano, who is in NY for the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Earlier on Saturday, Agence France-Presse reported that the UN Security Council will gather on a meeting to discuss North Korea's missile and nuclear programs on a request from the United States.

The missile was sacked from Sunam near Pyongyang and flew 3,700 km with an altitude of 770 km and hit the targeted spot in the northern Pacific, according to earlier media reports.

Kim also said the country, despite "limitless" global sanctions, has almost completed the building of its nuclear weapons force and called for "all-state efforts" to reach the goal and obtain a "capacity for nuclear counterattack the USA can not cope with".

"Currently the situation on the Korean Peninsula is complex, sensitive and serious".

"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with United States and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option for North Korea", he was quoted as saying by KCNA.

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