UN Security Council threatens DPRK with new sanctions for missile tests

North Korea on Monday, May 15, 2017, boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a nuclear warhead.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun devoted half of its six-page edition on Monday to coverage of the missile test, including vivid photographs of the launch and a jubilant Kim Jong-un celebrating with military officers.

Some outside analysts believe the Hwasong-12 missile, if proven in further tests, could help North Korea achieve its goal of developing missiles with nuclear warheads capable of reaching the US mainland.

North Korea previously launched a ballistic missile from Kusong in February. Schilling also predicts the missile could have flown almost 2,800 miles (or about 4,500 kilometers) if launched on a maximum trajectory - which would put Guam within striking distance of North Korean missles but "won't greatly change the strategic balance" because "aside from Guam, there aren't really any interesting targets in that range".

The missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and U.S. militaries said. The missile firing took place Sunday, North Korea time, with the projectile landing in the sea between North Korea and Japan.

This range is considerably longer than the estimated range of the Musudan missile, which showed a range of about 3,000 km in a test a year ago.

Here's a closer look at what happened in Sunday's missile launch, which came only a few days after the inauguration of a new South Korean president, and why it's viewed as a worrying development by North Korea's neighbours and Washington.

Two senior national security advisers to Trump will meet Moon's top foreign policy adviser, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss a summit of the leaders and the North's missile test, a source with direct knowledge of the meeting said.

"That's not the full operational seamless capability that we want but it has an initial ability to be able to defeat North Korean missiles", he said.

The North fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russian Federation on Sunday in a launch that Washington called a message to South Korea, days after its new president took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.

Despite North Korea's claim that Sunday's test simulated a re-entry situation, South Korean defence officials say the North probably has yet to master the technology.

The US military's Pacific Command said the type of missile that was sacked was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile". The report also stated America's mainland and operations in the Pacific region are in North Korea's "sighting range for a strike and that it has all-powerful means for a retaliatory strike".

Moon, South Korea's first liberal leader in almost a decade, said as he took his oath of office last week that he'd be willing to visit North Korea if the circumstances were right. North Korea on Monday, May 1.

Preliminary assessment by USA authorities indicates that North Korea launched a liquid-fuel single-stage KN-17 missile, NBC News reported citing two military officials.

The White House, in a statement, said that North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long".

While Trump has said he'd be "honored" to talk Kim under favorable conditions, Haley seemed to rule out the possibility. The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

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