Fresh Off Missile Launch, North Korea Moving Toward 'Greatly Extended Strike Range'

Joint rebuke Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have criticised the missile launch

Groundhog Day: N. Korea launches more ballistic missiles

On Monday, China said it is opposed to the DPRK's test-launch of the ballistic missile, which is in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

President Donald Trump was photographed on Saturday night at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, as he reviewed intelligence reports on a North Korean missile launch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an outdoor patio table.

The latest missile was launched from near the north-western city of Kusong on Sunday, travelling almost 500 kilometres into the Sea of Japan and landing in global waters.

The North has tested missiles with a range of over 3,000 km (2,000 miles) in the past, but has said it is on the verge of testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which could eventually threaten the continental United States, which is about 9,000 km (5,500 miles) from North Korea. "We have reached an assessment that the North is in the process of developing a ballistic missile with a greatly extended strike range".

Sunday's launch came after months of silence from North Korea and at a sensitive time for Beijing, just as relations with the Trump administration were beginning to thaw.

The test on Saturday night, United States time, was reported by North Korea and then later confirmed by Pentagon officials. "North Korea must fully comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions", Abe said.

Kim Jong-Un surrounded by soldiers as he inspects the test-launch of the ballistic missile.

The council released a statement Monday condemning the launch - and pointing out the country's history of nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Though China blocked some attempts, the Security Council has issued a statement on most of the incidents in a show of worldwide unity.

Tokyo, Washington and Seoul requested that the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) convene an emergency meeting to respond to North Korea's provocative act. The country has also stated that the root cause of the persistence of the program is not their fault, but that of tense relations with the US and South Korea. "China believes we have to gradually encourage North Korea to liberalize its economy to open up to the worldwide community". Solid fuel can give missiles longer range and make detecting them before launch more hard because they can be readied faster than liquid fuel missiles.

"These consistent provocations and violations of binding UN Security Council resolutions undermine regional and global security", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said immediately after the event, adding, "I call on [North Korea] not to raise tensions further and to re-engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the worldwide community".

A spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command said in an emailed statement to Fox News that the, "U.S". "During the summit meeting that I had with President Trump, he assured me that the United States will always be with Japan 100 percent".

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