Don't enforce United Nations sanctions, North Korea urges world

Both the United States and Japan have warned of further diplomatic and economic retaliation on North Korea.

The council statement, similar to previous condemnations, said North Korea's "illegal ballistic missile activities are significantly contributing to its development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond". Pyongyang carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches past year, which led to two United Nations sanctions resolutions.

Uruguay's mission to the world body said the meeting, the second in as many weeks, is set for Tuesday and was requested by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

"Pope Francis said last month the North Korea missile issue has been going on for more than a year", Archbishop Kim said.

President Donald Trump's administration has called for an immediate halt to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, and Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said on Tuesday that China's leverage was key and Beijing could do more.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said he hopes the council will move ahead on a strong new resolution that imposes tougher new sanctions against North Korea and requires better implementation of existing sanctions.

Western experts say the Hwasong-12 test did appear to have advanced North Korea's aim of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the USA mainland, even if it is still some way off from achieving that capability.

Pyongyang said the launch had been a success and that the missile could now potentially by mass-produced.

Sunday's test fire is the 10th launch by Pyongyang this year, as it presses to gain global recognition as a nuclear power.

KCNA said the North was ready to start mass-producing the new medium-range ballistic missile, which it said is capable of reaching Japan and major American military bases.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the South Korean military bolstered its air surveillance and broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object.

The missile reached "a maximum altitude of 560 kilometers (347 miles) and traveled a distance of 500 km (310 mi.)", according to a statement by Pyongyang.

"You know, some say, oh, but sanctions haven't worked".

Jeffrey Lewis, of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said North Korea would probably continue to test the missile after deployment, fixing flaws as they emerged.

Pyongyang's main ally, China, has called on "all parties to remain calm, exercise self-restraint and avoid taking provocative actions that would escalate the tensions".

  • Leroy Wright