28 May, 2017
North Korea's missile programme is progressing faster than expected, a South Korean minister said on Tuesday, hours after the UN Security Council demanded the North halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests and condemned Sunday's test-launch.
In a statement, adopted unanimously, the 15-member council urged the communist nation to show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action".
The US and Japan have called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday as North Korea's repeated missile tests this year have generated global alarm.
Analysts said the UN Security Council would likely discuss new sanctions, with China possibly playing a role in their formation.
North Korea's long-term bid to develop a credible nuclear attack threat to the U.S. mainland saw it launch Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet.
The US Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, confirmed the rocket launch but said the unidentified projectile did not appear to be large enough to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, saying only that the launch did not pose a threat to North America.
Had the mid-range missile been fired towards a real target at a normal trajectory, experts told Reuters it could have reached as far as 4,000km, potentially putting the USA military base on Guam within range.
The Blue House's press secretary said: "The president said while South Korea remains open to the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, it is only possible when North Korea shows a change in attitude".
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KCNA also quoted Kim as accusing the United States of "browbeating" countries that "have no nukes", and said Kim warned Washington "not to misjudge the reality that its mainland is in the North's "sighting range for [a] strike".
North Korea has tested dozens of banned missiles in the previous year, though this was the first success after a string of recent failures.
Pyongyang has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006, along with an worldwide arms embargo aimed at slowing the development of its banned nuclear and missile programs.
It said the missile was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".
Worldwide condemnation came quickly, with South Korea's newly-elected President Moon Jae-in calling the launch a "reckless provocation".
On May 14 (May 13 EDT in the U.S.), the DPRK did a new - and successful - launch of a ballistic missile.