Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

North Korea's Missile Program Is Progressing Faster Than Expected: South Korea

North Korea's Missile Program Is Progressing Faster Than Expected: South Korea

In a unanimous statement backed by the North's main ally China, the council on Monday vowed to punish Pyongyang's "highly destabilizing behavior" and demanded a halt to any further nuclear or missile tests. It also urged United Nations member states to fully implement and more strictly enforce existing sanctions on Pyongyang, in a serious and expeditious manner.

Aside from Pyongyang's space launches, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the USA told AFP: "This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested".

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Guterres had called on North Korea to fully comply with its worldwide obligations "and return to the path of denuclearization".

North Korea is already subject to six resolutions aimed at restricting revenue and technology applicable to its nuclear and missile programs. Citing a well-informed source, the TASS news agency reported that the meeting was requested by the United States and Japan. He added that that launch violates Security Council resolution, and said that Mr. Guterres calls on the DPRK to "ensure full compliance with its worldwide obligations".

The U.S., South Korea and Japan slammed North Korea over the latest test.

The Security Council is scheduled to hold closed-door consultations on the missile test on Tuesday. The launch is perceived to be a threat to South Korea, the US and even most nations around the globe.

North Korea says the missile can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

"We are calling on all those folks in the region, particularly China and Russian Federation, to do everything they can in terms of sanctions to help resolve this situation and bring stability to the peninsula", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.

More significant, however, was that it flew higher and for longer than previous missiles.

Despite that, President Trump already expressed his intent to keep the relationship between the US and North Korea "diplomatic" to prevent the latter from using nuclear missiles.

The test gives a boost to leader Kim Jong Un as he seeks to show his people that he's standing up to America and South Korea.

Harris met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also said China could apply more pressure to rein in North Korea. "The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea". China really is the key in dealing with the North Korea issue. He added: "There is the need to resume dialogue with North Korea, to stop intimidating it and find peaceful solutions to problems".

The country's official Korean Central News Agency says the missile fired Sunday Korea time was a Hwasong-12 "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead". "If (electrical) circuits break and a trigger device fails to detonate nuclear fuel, you can imagine that only some twisted metal will fall on Alaska or Hawaii, even if North Korea fires missiles at them", said Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies.

North Korea has in the past year stepped up its ballistic missile tests, firing dozens of various types of rockets, according to South Korea.

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