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North Korea undertakes 'successful' nuclear test

19 May 2017

It cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to what it called the "highly ridiculous" United States strategy of "militarily browbeating only weak countries and nations which have no nukes". That suggests a range of 4500km or more, analysts said.

The North's KCNA news agency said Sunday's test launch verified the homing feature of the warhead that allowed it to survive "under the worst re-entry situation" and accurately detonate.

"The missile may have a maximum range capable of reaching Alaska and Hawaii if it is fired at a standard angle", Kim Dong-yub, a professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Kyungnam University, said according to Yonhap News.

South Korea's unification ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said Monday Seoul called on Pyongyang to cease engaging in provocations.

The official North Korean news agency KCNA said the launch aimed at showing the technical capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead".

Speaking to reporters during his visit to China, Putin said Monday that "there's nothing good about" the launch.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told ABC's "This Week" that "having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it".

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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.

The South Korean, Japanese and USA militaries say the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

The U.N. Security Council is set to discuss North Korea's latest provocation Tuesday.

Contained in the nonbinding press statement, which has to be approved by all members, is the emphasis the council places on the vital importance of the North "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action" and the need to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowed to take further measures including sanctions.

Decades of talks have so far failed to stem the growth of North Korea's nuclear program.

"Well, I think you first have to get into Kim Jong Un's head, you know, which is he's in a state of paranoia".

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"So we are going to be raising the level of engagement with China on this issue". Russian Federation is one of the few countries that has diplomatic ties with North Korea. "Ninety percent of the DPRK's trade is with China, so clearly there is a lot more leverage that China has, and we would like China to use".

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

Moon - who favours engagement with Pyongyang to curb its nuclear ambitions - won overwhelmingly after his conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye was ousted over a massive corruption scandal.

Trump warned in an interview with Reuters this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible.

And the launch was made as a warning aimed at the USA who have made their presence known by sending warship Carl Vinson into North Korean waters.

US experts said Sunday's launch was likely a mobile, two-stage, liquid-fueled missile that North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

"We need to return to dialogue with North Korea and stop scaring it and find ways to resolve these problems peacefully, " he said.

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North Korea undertakes 'successful' nuclear test