Pyongyang rejects United Nations statement on missile test

"North Korea's most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable", Abe said through a translator.

A US official told ABC News that, this weekend, North Korea launched a solid rocket fueled KN-11 missile that is described as an intermediate range missile than can travel 1,400 nautical miles.

The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday requested an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss North Korea's missile launch, Pyongyang's first test since US President Donald Trump took office.

Pyongyang's ballistic missile firing on Sunday was its first direct challenge to the worldwide community since U.S. President Donald Trump took office on January 20. Consider the circumstances prevailing in the region: North Korea has a 1.4 million-person army and nuclear capacity, with the South Korean capital Seoul 35 miles from the border; the 28,500 USA troops in South Korea serve only as a tripwire, not a real deterrent to North Korean actions.

A South Korea Defense Ministry official said the missile was sacked from the Banghyon airbase in the western province of North Pyongan and flew toward the Sea of Japan.

Russian Federation and China were to join the United States and other members of the UN Security Council for an urgent meeting Monday evening to discuss Sunday's test, which violates a raft of Security Council resolutions aimed at halting the North's drive for a deliverable nuclear weapon. But past year, it conducted two nuclear tests and numerous missile launches in its quest to develop a nuclear weapons system capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

China's response to each new development in Pyongyang's nuclear programme is pretty much exactly the same, whether it be nuclear weapons tests or missile launches.

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One of Mr Trump's election promises was to stop North Korea from developing missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to targets in continental United States.

While the administration maintains that all options are on the table - Including a Supreme Court appeal - Trump said on the plane ride down to Florida for the weekend that he was considering signing a "brand new order" as early as Monday to try to bypass the legal challenges. The situation has indeed changed a lot since the 1980s - in 2015, Japanese automakers produced 3.8 million vehicles in the USA, which, combined with parts suppliers and dealerships, is said to have created 1.5 million jobs there.

The joint statement also mentioned the leaders' decision in which they agreed that the United States will increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific region and Japan will "assume larger roles and responsibilities in the alliance".

Earlier, the country's Yonhap news agency reported in a short dispatch that the North had fired a ballistic missile.

The latest test comes a day after Mr. Trump held a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and also follows Mr. Trump's phone call last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, had tough words for North Korea after the Security Council meeting on Monday.

The missile was described as a surface-to-surface "medium long range" Pukguksong-2, a "Korean-style new type strategic weapon system".

  • Leroy Wright