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UN Condemns North Korea Missile Test, Vows Sanctions

19 May 2017

On the respected 38 North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said it appeared to demonstrate an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the U.S. base at Guam" in the Pacific, 3,400 kilometres away.

North Korea said Tuesday it will continue to conduct nuclear or missile tests with smaller and more diversified nuclear weapons, according to its state media.

The warning came after Pyongyang said it had successfully tested a new kind of ballistic missile on Sunday that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The missile flew 787 kilometres on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometres, the North's KCNA news agency said.

- "Reckless provocation" - ========================== Last week South Korea elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and said at his inauguration that he was willing "in the right circumstances" to visit the North to ease tensions.

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Without mentioning US, Putin said that "intimidating North Korea is unacceptable".

Six-party talks on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula have been dormant since 2009 when North Korea walked out of the process that involved China, Russia, the United States, South Korea and Japan.

The South Korean defense minister stressed that after the assessment of the recent North Korean missile test, both Seoul and Tokyo agree that Pyongyang might have launched an intermediate-range missile, instead an intercontinental one.

An image released by the state-run KCNA shows Kim Jong Un (center) reacting during the test launch of a Hwasong-12 on Sunday.

Analysts say the missile was sacked at an upward trajectory to artificially limit its range during the test.

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Outsiders express more skepticism about North Korea's nuclear warhead claims.

However, while THAAD's installation by the US last month has been largely criticized by China-which has made claims the U.S.is only increasing tensions in the region and potentially could use the system's radar to spy on China-it did prove successful in detecting the North's latest in a number of tests that are escalating in frequency.

"There is enormous pressure when a missile re-enters the atmosphere".

A reliable missile must endure at least 10 successful test launches, according to Professor Chae Yeon-seok at South Korea's University of Science & Technology.

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UN Condemns North Korea Missile Test, Vows Sanctions