Russian Federation condemns latest N.Korea missile launches, calls for restraint

"Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea".

SouthKorea's Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon said North Korea was likely showing its determination to push ahead in the face of worldwide pressure to rein in its missile programme and "to pressure the (South Korean) government to change its policy on the North".

US President Donald Trump said North Korea showed disrespect to its major ally China after it fired a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast.

North Korea is still thought to be several years from its goal of being able to target USA mainland cities.

A further statement added: "US Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan".

North Korea's state-controlled media had no immediate comment.

On Sunday, North Korea also said leader Kim Jong Un had watched a separate, successful test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system. KCNA cited Kim as ordering officials to mass-produce and deploy the system throughout the country so as to "completely spoil the enemy's wild dream to command the air".

Since 2006, Pyongyang has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches, including from submarines.

"North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbour, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile", the President tweeted.

May 10: Liberal Moon Jae-in is inaugurated as South Korea's president. In a separate statement, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff warned North Korea's repeated provocation would further deepen its global isolation. "The repeated provocative acts by North Korea is absolutely not acceptable", said the statement by the Japanese government. North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan's maritime economic zone Monday, officials said, in the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the USA mainland.

Japan lodged a protest against the test missile, which appeared to have landed in its exclusive economic zone. He said China has been increasingly stepping up and using its influence over North Korea and the two sides thoroughly will discuss the situation.

Last year North Korea also conducted two nuclear tests, and analysts have been predicting that Pyongyang is preparing for another one, based on activity around the country's nuclear test facility.

Another Russian military expert, Alexander Perendzhiyev, for his part warned that North Korea will press on with its missile programs if it is not included in the negotiation process on nuclear arms limitation.

"The North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers within range of one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, which is the capital of South Korea", Mattis told CBS news programme "Face the Nation".

It said last week it would allow a civic group to contact North Korea about potentially offering help in treating malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since January 2016.

  • Zachary Reyes