United Nations chief condemns NKorea missile test

"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the Council's previously expressed determination", the statement added.

The North's KCNA news agency said Sunday's launch tested its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead."

The missile, launched at a steep angle, reached an altitude of 2000km and travelled about 700km, landing in the sea west of Japan.

The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) is launched during a test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

Earlier Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he is sending special envoys around the world in a push to strengthen Seoul's global ties in the wake of the launch. The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.

The US Seventh Fleet carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, left Yokosuka in Japan on Tuesday on its regular spring patrol and will be out for around three to four months, according to a Seventh Fleet spokesman.

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Despite being downplayed, expert say that the successful test is a testament to North Korea's missile capabilities.

The missile would have flown a distance of some 4500 kilometers [2796 miles] if launched on a maximum trajectory.

China is feeling increasingly alienated from its wayward North Korean ally and Sunday's headline-grabbing missile launch won't have helped matters.

State media paraphrased North Korea's leader as saying that "the most ideal weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the US", warning that "the USA should not. disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in (North Korea's) sighting range for strike".

The Security Council has approved six increasingly tougher sanctions resolutions following its nuclear and missile tests.

Ju Yong Choi said US' criticism of it was a "wanton violation of the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]".

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But President Trump also said he'd be honored to meet Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

US began talks with North Korean ally China on possible new United Nations sanctions.

North Korea has tested dozens of banned missiles in the previous year, though this was the first one deemed by USA officials to have been a success, after a string of recent failures.

"I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that", she said.

Putin, speaking in Beijing, said nuclear tests of the type that Pyongyang had been carrying out in recent weeks were unacceptable, but that a peaceful solution to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula was needed.

Guam is situated around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southeast of North Korea.

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A series of pictures published by the hermit state's media showed Jong-Un gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch.


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