North Korea Conducted Missiles Test -- Here's Why You Should Care

China Foreign Affairs University worldwide relations professor Su Hao said North Korea had "to be held accountable and pay the price" for violating United Nations resolutions.

For its part, the US Treasury explained that it is considering all of its available tools to deny North Korea access to the global financial system to rein in its nuclear weapons and missile development programs.

North Korea maintains preparedness to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea's defense ministry told lawmakers Tuesday, a day after Pyongyang asserted the success of its weekend ballistic missile test. The missile fell in the Sea of Japan outside of Japan's special economic zone.

North Korean news reports are often exaggerated - Pyongyang has threatened for decades to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire", for instance - but Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Since then, it has progressively strengthened the measures in response to the pariah state's five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

"The DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] will bolster its self-defense capabilities as long as the United States continues its hostile policies toward the DPRK and imposes nuclear threats and makes blackmail", North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi told the U.N. Conference on Disarmament Tuesday in Geneva.

"More important", he added, it "might represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile".

It was claimed that the missile is capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".

KCNA cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to the " ridiculous" USA strategy of "brow-beating only weak countries which have no nukes.

"If the United States dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it", it said.

Sunday's test came less than a week after South Korea elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and had expressed a willingness to visit the North to ease tensions.

But Moon slammed the latest launch as a "reckless provocation" and said dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".

Russian President Vladimir Putin called North Korea's latest missile test "counter-productive, harmful and unsafe".

There's also skepticism about North Korea's claims about its re-entry technology, which is needed to return a warhead to the atmosphere from space so it can hit its intended target. "We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and dangerous".

He urged other world leaders to "stop intimidating North Korea and find a peaceful solution to the problem".

  • Leroy Wright