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North Korea ballistic missile launch challenges new leader in Seoul

14 Mai 2017

"While ever North Korea continues these unsafe, risky, provocative acts. we have an unstable region".

Japan's defense minister says the missile test-fired by North Korea might have been a new type given the altitude and duration of its flight.

Russia's missile alert systems detected the launch at around 2330 (2000 GMT) on May 13 and tracked the missile for 23 minutes before it crushed into the Sea of Japan some 500 kilometres (310.69 miles) off the Russian coast, a ministry statement said.

People watch a television news programme, showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch in Seoul on May 14, 2017.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at a construction site in this undated picture provided by KCNA, Pyongyang, March 16.

"Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it", Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told ABC's "This Week".

This is the first provocative move from North Korea since South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in took office.

The White House said in a statement that North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long", and that South Korea and Japan have been watching the situation closely with the United States.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday that few for 430 miles (700 kilometers) into the Sea of Japan and reached an altitude of over 1,245 miles (2,000 kilometers).

The North's state media said Saturday that the nation would bolster its nuclear capability unless the United States abandons its hostile policy.

On whether Moon's approach could mean a change in his North Korea policy of stepping up sanctions, Trump said he was "going to see what happens". "It is definitely concerning".

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Moon said the missile test violates UN Security Council resolutions and called it a severe challenge to the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the world, presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said. Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as a North Korean delegation attended the conference.

Two missile launches last month both failed, with the rockets exploding just minutes into flight.

Moon, a liberal who favors a softer approach to the North than his conservative predecessors, strongly condemned the launch during an emergency national security meeting, calling it a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a serious challenge to global peace and security, according to senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was sacked early on Sunday morning from near Kusong, in North Phyongan province.

China, the North's sole main ally which nevertheless objects to its weapons programs, called for restraint and for no one to exacerbate tension.

Choe Son Hui, director-general of the North America bureau chief of North Korea's Foreign Ministry, spoke to reporters Saturday at the Beijing Capital International Airport.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea's missile launches were a "grave threat to our country and a clear violation of United Nations resolutions".

Tensions have mounted in recent months after the Trump administration said it would keep "all options on the table" to halt North Korea's nuclear weapons program, including a military strike.

Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korean studies professor at Dongguk University in Seoul, said that Trump appeared to be anxious Seoul and Washington might not be on the same page in dealing with Pyongyang.

Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, said among the responses expected from the Trump administration would be further pressure on all countries to fully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

North Korea ballistic missile launch challenges new leader in Seoul