Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

UN Security Council vows sanctions over N. Korea missile test

UN Security Council vows sanctions over N. Korea missile test

The UN first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006.

- "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.

The envoys will meet with high-ranking officials to explain the new South Korean government's policy plans and exchange opinions on how to develop bilateral relations, the presidential Blue House office said.

Reports say that the missile test was conducted on Sunday, May 14 as supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It was claimed that the missile is capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".

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". It also urged United Nations member states to fully implement and more strictly enforce existing sanctions on Pyongyang, in a serious and expeditious manner.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a Security Council in April at the United Nations Headquarters, in NY.

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Netanyahu responded by saying on Monday that "not only would moving the embassy not harm the peace process, but to the contrary". Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that would validate the religious and political significance of the city.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday it is time for many nations to "send a strong, unified message that this is unacceptable, and I think you'll see the worldwide community do that".

"This is a very uncomfortable development for the United States", said Lee Illwoo, a Seoul-based commentator on military issues told The Associated Press.

"We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and unsafe", Putin told reporters after an worldwide forum in Beijing.

There are doubts whether the North can miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, and no proof it has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth's atmosphere.

Speaking Monday in Beijing, Putin said, "We are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers". He added: "There is the need to resume dialogue with North Korea, to stop intimidating it and find peaceful solutions to problems".

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

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told ABC television that new sanctions against North Korea could hit oil imports and energy. But the thing that worries experts the most is the fact that by 2020, Pyongyang may have successfully developed a nuclear missile that can reach the U.S.

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