What you need to know about North Korea's missile test


The country's state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, posted an elaborate spread Monday showing photos of the launch along with a smiling Kim Jong Un celebrating with military officers, Reuters reported.

Trump also has flexed USA military muscle, though with little apparent effect in deterring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from his rapid tempo of weapons tests.

"North Korea is capable of continuing to develop longer-range missiles", Physicist David Wright, told CBS News, adding that the regime's longest-distance test to date shows they are inching closer to a missile capable of reaching the USA mainland. It said that with this missile, "the USA mainland and Pacific operation region are in the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] sighting range for strike".

Kim had told the scientists and technicians involved "not to be complacent" but to build further "nuclear weapons and methods of delivery" until the US made "the right choice", KCNA said in its report.

Obama defends not bombing Syria GOP senator: North Korea missile test "one of most advanced yet" GOP senators must keep their promises to repeal ObamaCare MORE (R-Colo.), chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on East Asia, said in a statement Monday. Schilling also predicts the missile could have flown almost 2,800 miles (or about 4,500 kilometers) if launched on a maximum trajectory - which would put Guam within striking distance of North Korean missles but "won't greatly change the strategic balance" because "aside from Guam, there aren't really any interesting targets in that range".

Uruguay holds the council presidency this month, and its U.N. Mission announced the closed consultations will be held Tuesday afternoon.

North Korea is not thought to be able yet to make a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile, though some outside analysts think it can arm shorter-range missiles with warheads.

Significant numbers of US soldiers in South Korea and Japan are already within North Korea's reach.

North Korea says the missile can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

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The council urged North Korea to show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action" and stressed the importance of "working to reduce tensions".

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday condemned North Korea's "dangerous" missile test but warned against "intimidating" the rogue regime and called for a peaceful solution in the region.

North Korea is banned from any rocket launch by the United Nations but it ignores that.

China Foreign Affairs University global relations professor Su Hao said North Korea had "to be held accountable and pay the price" for violating United Nations resolutions.

"The test-firing of ICBMs will occur at any time and place, at the will of North Korea's highest leadership", North Korea's ambassador to China, Ji Jae Ryong, told reporters in Beijing on Monday, a day before the UN Security Council meets in NY to discuss the test.

Lee also said North Korea should not misjudge South Korea's tough stance against missile tests despite reports of a more "conciliatory" approach to inter-Korea relations under Moon. Some analysts believe the missile, if proven in further tests, could reach Alaska and Hawaii if fired on a normal, instead of a lofted, trajectory. But this new missile may put USA civilian populations within range. "But rather than trying too hard to have conversation, I think we need to show a stern attitude at some level".

According to the Japanese government's data, North Korea fired the ballistic missile from the area north-west of the town of Kusong.

The nuclear-powered USA aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan (top) awaits deployment on a patrol mission from its home port in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo.