UN Security Council adopts statement condemning North Korea's latest missile test

UN Security Council adopts statement condemning North Korea's latest missile test

UN Security Council adopts statement condemning North Korea's latest missile test

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the North's latest launch "throws cold water" on the expectations by Moon's government to "stabilize peace and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula".

Experts say solid fuel engines and mobile launchers make it more hard to detect signs of launch preparations.

North Korea on Sunday fired a medium-range missile, US and South Korean officials said, in the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 310 miles and reached a height of 350 miles Sunday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean, the Associated Press reported.

Sunday's projectile launch comes a week after what analysts called North Korea's most successful ballistic missile test yet.

Trump, traveling in Saudi Arabia and Israel, had no immediate public comment.

In 2013, state media said North Korean leader Kim watched a drone attack drill on a simulated South Korean target.

KCNA said the test was meant to verify technical indexes of the weapon system and examine its adaptability under various battle conditions before deployment to military units.

Under the watch of third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been pursuing a decades-long goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

"It is important to lower North Korea's foreign currency earnings and prevent nuclear missile related shipment and technological transfer in order to prevent North Korea's nuclear missile development".

As for the Beijing-Washington deal on North Korea, it was reportedly similar to a 100-day plan to discuss trade between the two countries, also agreed upon by Trump and Xi in April. Satellite imagery suggests it could be ready to conduct its next test - which would be its sixth - at virtually any time.

The test-firing came just one week after the North launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile, which according to Pyongyang was capable of carrying a "heavy" nuclear warhead.

Missile tests such as Sunday's present a hard challenge to Moon, a liberal who took over as South Korea's president on May 10 and has expressed a desire to reach out to the North. Pyongyang's aggressive push to improve its weapons program also makes it one of the most urgent foreign policy concerns for the Trump administration.

Seoul military officials have previously said the Pukguksong-2 - a land-based version of Pyongyang's submarine-launched weapon - uses solid fuel.

The launches, and a threatened sixth nuclear test, have fuelled tension with the Trump administration, which has warned that military intervention was an option under consideration, sending fears of conflict spiraling.

The DPRK refers to the abbreviation of North Korea's full name - the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea has disclosed a series of images of the Earth it says were taken by a camera carried aboard a ballistic missile during the country's latest test.

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.

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