State media paraphrased Kim as saying that "the most flawless weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the USA,. strongly warning the US should not. disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in (North Korea's) sighting range for strike".
North Korean state media said Monday that the missile Pyongyang test-fired a day earlier is a new weapon, able to carry a heavy nuclear warhead to unprecedented distances - possibly as far as US soil.
"It appears to have not only demonstrated an intermediate-range ballistic missile that might enable them to reliably strike the US base at Guam, but more importantly, may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile", Schilling said in his analysis posted on the 38 North website of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins.
The launch Sunday is an immediate challenge to South Korea's new leader, a liberal elected just five days earlier who expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea.
Russian Federation s defence ministry later said the missile landed about 500 kilometres from its territory and posed no threat.
The missile came down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), with Washington saying it impacted "so close to Russian soil. the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased". While North Korea regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the US mainland.
The launch jeopardizes new South Korean President Moon Jae-in's willingness to talk to the North, and came as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.
Hua says countries "should not do things that further escalate tensions in the region".
Moscow Says North Korean Missile 'No Danger' to Russian Federation
The center will employ all of the Central Intelligence Agency resources to direct efforts against the looming North Korean menace. The latest "provocation" should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North, it said.
Washington was far more concerned with North Korea's missile launch that landed close to Vladivostok than was Moscow.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Sunday that the launch, which is banned by the United Nations, is "absolutely unacceptable" and that Japan will respond resolutely.
North Korea's past satellite rocket launches have been called clandestine tests of ICBM technology, but it is not believed to have tested a true intercontinental ballistic missile yet.
No sitting United States president has ever met with the leader of North Korea while in power, and the idea is extremely controversial.
The missile launch also sends a mixed message in that it has been reported that DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) spokesman Choe Son Hui stated that North Korea would be willing to talk with the Trump administration under the "right conditions", although what the conditions to be met might be are still unknown. "So if their ICBM has three stages, and this is a single-stage missile, maybe we're watching the North Koreans test the first stage of what will be a multiple stage ICBM". The latest "provocation" should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North, it said.
The latest test was the North's first launch since a USA missile system, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), deployed in the South became operational earlier this month.
The statement says the USA maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.
North Korea has consistently test-fired missiles in that direction. An intermediate-range missile that flew 500 kilometers was sacked from the same site in February.
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