China calls for new talks with North Korea on nukes

During Tuesday's Security Council meeting, members were briefed by United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman, mainly on technical aspects of the weekend launch.

Kim Jong-un's latest missile launch showed that the North Korea's military is finally able to operate weapons from anywhere in the country, not just from an exact predefined position. The regime led by young leader Kim Jong-un is now threatening to conduct its sixth nuclear test.

According to Yonhap News, South Korea's military also said that the missile would not be able to reach Guam, which serves as a refueling hub for US military operations located in East Asia.

At the meeting, which followed the council's media statement condemning the missile launch, UNSC members expressed concerns over the evolving North Korean threats.

The North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of rocket firings since the beginning of previous year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

Liu spoke to reporters after emergency Security Council consultations behind closed doors on the North's latest missile test.

The continuous missile launch tests have fueled tension with the Donald Trump administration, who has earlier warned that if North Korea will not stop testing their missiles, then a military intervention was an option under consideration. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea to deter potential aggression from North Korea.

Relations between the Koreas are at one of the lowest ebbs mainly due to the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

In the coming days, Moon is expected to dispatch diplomatic and security envoys to the US, Russia, China and Japan to discuss the North Korean issue.

He said: "The military was reacting in consideration of the worst-case scenario". "We will fully implement our own sanctions against North Korea".

Last Friday, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryong told U.N. correspondents that the government will rapidly strengthen its nuclear strike capability as long as the United States maintains its "hostile policy" toward the country.

Around 1600 KST on Tuesday, the South Korean army responded with a warning broadcast and "warning shots" to what it later described as an "unidentified" flying object crossing the military demarcation line (MDL) into the South in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province.

  • Leroy Wright