UN strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

South Korean foreign ministry strongly condemned the launch.


"The launch took place possibly in consideration of the US-China summit, while at the same time it was to check its missile capability", a South Korean official told Reuters.

South Korea has developed the Hyunmoo-2A ballistic missile, the Hyunmoo-2B and the Hyunmoo-3 cruise missile. Meantime, the spokesman for the US Pacific Command reiterated its commitment to working closely with their Japanese and Republic of Korea allies in order to maintain the security in the region.

The ministry said that it will closely cooperate with the European Union and the worldwide community to apply more pressure on the North so it will give up its nuclear and missile programs. "We have no further comment".

Unlike South Korea, the North operates under heavy global sanctions as the UN Security Council has been working for years to stop Pyongyang's development of weapons of mass destruction.

The launch will fuel global concerns about the hermit state's weapons programme.

Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the United States mainland, and has staged five nuclear tests so far, two of them previous year.

The launch comes on the eve of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States to meet President Donald Trump. Somewhere on the order of just shy of 90 per cent of North Korea's external trade is with China. While submarines are also a stealthy way to do that, North Korea doesn't have enough of them.

South Korea and the United States have said the sole goal of the advanced system is to defend against missile launches from North Korea.

The idea that the USA could deprive Pyongyang of its "nuclear deterrent" through sanctions is "the wildest dream", it said.

As opposed to the longer distance of 310 miles covered by the KN-15 missile when fired in February, the Wednesday launch covered no more than 40 miles. However, other experts are of a different opinion which says North Korea could have been testing the waters before going full-fledged on the development of solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Washington:The US on Wednesday said that it is considering all options to tackle the threat posed by North Korea's repeated nuclear arms tests, hours after Pyongyang fired another ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.