U.N. Security Council Holds Talks After North Korean Missile Launch

U.N. Security Council Holds Talks After North Korean Missile Launch

The U.N. Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday on North Korea's latest missile test.

"I'm not going to talk about various policy options that we may or may not consider, but I will say this: we are certainly engaged right now in looking at a number of measures - political, economic, security - to deal with these provocative acts by the DPRK, and unsafe acts in many cases", he said, using the acronym for North Korea's official country name.

"We are going to send a very strong, unified message to North Korea", she said.

In a statement Monday evening, Security Council members "strongly condemned" both of the recent missile launches and expressed their "utmost concern" over North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council".

It reached an altitude of almost 1,250 miles, which is a showcase of how North Korea's missile program is maturing, but it was also quite well-behaved, splashing down less than 500 miles away from the launch site. Beijing is North Korea's only major ally and Pyongyang's key trading partner. "It underscores not only the importance of the U.S. -Japan alliance, but also U.S. -Japan-South Korea trilateral cooperation".

U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month he would be "honored" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "under the right circumstances", but Haley said that "having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it". The text description says that Kim Jong-un declared that the DPRK, or Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's preferred name for itself, "is a nuclear power worthy of the name whether someone recognizes it or not", and that "DPRK will keep strict control over those engaging themselves in nuclear blackmail with its nuclear deterrence".

"We can not be in a "wait and see" mode until the next provocation occurs, " said France's Ambassador François Delattre.

Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology.

It flew some 700km (435 miles), reaching an altitude of 2,000km and landing in the sea west of Japan. The features matched assessment of the new missile by global experts.

The launch complicates the new South Korean president's plan to talk to the North, and came as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.

In recent years, North Korea successfully put satellites into orbit twice aboard long-range rockets in what the United Nations called a disguised test of long-range missile technology. Haley said, adding that Russian Federation had it "all wrong".

If it had been fired at a normal angle, analysts say, it could have flown much farther — estimates vary between 4,000 and 7,000 kilometers (2,500 and 4,350 miles), the upper number putting Alaska and possibly Hawaii within striking distance. That could strike US military bases in Guam.

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