Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

UN Security Council threatens DPRK with new sanctions for missile tests

UN Security Council threatens DPRK with new sanctions for missile tests

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowed strong measures, including sanctions, to derail Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

In the statement on Monday, the UN Security Council stressed on the importance of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action".

North Korea has carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests in recent months, all of which are considered to be in violation with the UN Security Council resolution.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on ABC television that the United States has been working well with China, Pyongyang's closest ally, and raised the possibility of new sanctions against North Korea, including on oil imports.

North Korean state media has claimed that the nation successfully tested a "newly developed ballistic rocket" capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

A press statement issued by the council late Monday expresses "utmost concern" at what it calls North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior" and demands that Pyongyang conduct no further nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

The missile flew just over 430 miles, but the distance wasn't almost as interesting to analysts as the 1,245-mile altitude the weapon achieved. "This could also be an opportunity for China to show that it can initiate some plausible plans to handle the North Korea issue within the framework of the worldwide community", Su said.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea reached a peak in recent weeks, with Washington saying military action was an option under consideration and Pyongyang issuing threats of its own.

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This is largely consistent with South Korean and Japanese assessments that it flew further and higher than an intermediate-range missile (IRBM) tested in February.

A closed-door emergency Council session was set for tomorrow.

Nikki Haley, the USA 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".

The test is the 10th missile launch of this year and follows a string of odd activity from Kim Jong-un.

Defense Minister Han Min-koo said at a meeting of the National Assembly's defense committee that the THAAD's radar in South Korea detected North Korea's launch on Sunday, citing confirmation from the U.S.

North Korea claims that the missile test proves their ability to launch a "heavy nuclear weapon".

North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test Sunday, its 10th this year alone. But further analysis showed it was a new type of missile, given the designator KN-17, with a possible short range or medium range given that it was a single-stage rocket.

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