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30 May 2017, 06:04 | Colleen Roy
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In a unanimously agreed statement, the 15-member UN Security Councilsaid it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearisation through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions".
North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile teston Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead".
The statement also condemned an earlier ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang on April 28 - following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions.
South Korea said on Monday it will send special envoys to the United States, China, Japan, Russia, and Germany to establish firmer ties as tensions mount on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of a missile launch by North Korea over the weekend, according to Reuters.
North Korea yesterday celebrated the launch of what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet tested in a bid to bring the United States mainland within reach.
A closed-door emergency Council session was set for tomorrow.
The latest test came just days after South Korea's new liberal leader Moon Jae-in, who has expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea, took office.
The ruler also pledged further missile tests and nuclear detonations, despite repeated warnings by PresidentTrump.
"The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 28 April and 13 May 2017", the council members said in a press release for the media.
The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim "warned the US not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific region operations are in [North Korea's] sighting range for a strike and that it has all powerful means for a retaliatory strike".
North Korea launched a ballistic missile from the northwestern part of the country early Sunday, the South Korean Joints Chief of Staff said.
Gulp. Experts are calling the latest missile test in North Korea successful at "a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile".
The North says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion and has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of past year. It flew for 30 minutes - longer than any previous North Korean test.
"As South Korea's diplomatic situation matures, North Korea should also show a more mature attitude, not a childish one, and contribute to (establishing a better) diplomatic relationship".
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