North Korea missile test, US, Japan request emergency UN Security Council meeting

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un
North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un

The United States and Japan on Sunday called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on North Korea after Kim Jong-Un carried out its latest missile test.

According to the UN mission of Uruguay,the meeting has been scheduled in principle for Tuesday afternoon.

The North Korea latest projectile missile, launched from a military base in Kusong near the country’s northwest coast, traveled some 435 miles 700 kilometers flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude . this was seen as a challenge to South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In, a liberal who has said he wants to ease tensions with the North.

the North said, and “verified the homing feature of the warhead under the worst re-entry situation and accurate performance of detonation system.”
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, tweeted. “This was close to home for Russia. China cant expect dialogue. This threat is real.”

“There are no excuses that justify N. Korea’s actions, Nikki added”.

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu called North Korea move “a new flagrant breach of a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” constituting “a threat to international peace and security.”

However, EU foreign affairs spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic denounced the launch as “a threat to international peace and security (that could) further aggravate tensions in the region at a time when de-escalation is instead needed.”

According to ABC News,”Haley said ,North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was “in a state of paranoia.”

“And so what we’re going to do is continue to tighten the screws,” she said. “He feels it. He absolutely feels it. And we’re going to continue, whether it’s sanctions, whether it’s press statements, anything that we have to do.”

The US President Donald Trump issued a brief statement calling for tougher sanctions. “Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea,” he said.

The US Treasury indicated it was examining all possible means to cut off international financing to Pyongyang.

But the strong focus on sanctions seemed to be a step away from the more threatening language Trump had used earlier in the year, when he sent a US Navy strike group steaming toward Korean waters and pointedly refused to take the military option off the table.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the launch was “absolutely unacceptable” and that Japan would respond resolutely.

The White House took note of the missile landing close to Russia’s Pacific coast and said in a statement that North Korea has been “a flagrant menace for far too long.

David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile could have a range of 4,500 kilometers (about 2,800 miles) if flown on a standard, instead of a lofted, trajectory – considerably longer than Pyongyang’s current missiles.

He said Sunday’s launch – the seventh such firing by North Korea this year – may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fueled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

However, Russia has disputed US claims that a missile launched by North Korea on the weekend landed dangerously close to the Russian city of Vladivostok.

The United States said on Sunday that the North Korean medium range missile crashed into the sea just 60 miles off Russia’s Pacific coast line.

But Russia’s ministry of defence said its early warning systems had tracked a missile that landed more than 300 miles from the coast and never posed any threat to Russian territory on its 23 minute flight.

North Korean propaganda must be considered with wariness – Pyongyang has threatened for decades to reduce South Korea -Seoul to a “sea of fire,” for instance – but Monday’s claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North’s goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

The test is also an immediate challenge to South Korea’s new leader, Moon Jae-in, a liberal elected last week who expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea.

Source: AFP/Telegraph

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