China 'may back' new United Nations sanctions over North Korean missile test

North Korea on Sunday launched what it said was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile.

North Korea's missile test on Sunday was the country's most successful yet, according to analysts, who say Pyongyang may now have a weapon capable of hitting a key U.S. military base in the Pacific.

Pyongyang's propaganda must be considered with caution, but if confirmed, the claim marks another big step forward in the country's escalating efforts to field a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

The missile, which was launched at a high angle, reached the maximum altitude of more than 2,111.5 kilometers before landing in the East Sea 787 km away.

The new ballistic missile, named Hwasong-12, was sacked at the highest possible angle to avoid affecting neighboring countries' security and flew 787 kilometers after reaching an altitude of 2,111 kilometers, KCNA said.

The South Korean, Japanese and USA militaries say the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

Melissa Hanham, senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California, told CNN the test could easily be seen as a stepping stone to a longer-range weapon, despite one Pentagon official saying the missile was "not consistent" with an ICBM.

Kim said North Korea would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to ideal nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S.

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.

But he slammed the latest missile test as a "reckless provocation" and said dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".


On the respected 38 North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said it appeared to demonstrate an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the United States base at Guam" in the Pacific, 3,400 kilometres away.

The U.N. Security Council will hold urgent consultations on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Faso, R-Kinderhook, said the administration is appropriately applying diplomatic, economic and, to a lesser extent, military pressure on North Korea.

North Korea has accused the United States of a hostile policy to remove its regime and says its nuclear weapons and missiles are a "sacred sword" to protect itself.

The 38 North analysis points out that the distance flown by the missile means it could strike a US military base at Guam. "This could also be an opportunity for China to show that it can initiate some plausible plans to handle the North Korea issue within the framework of the worldwide community", Su said.

Last week, it demanded that the South hand over its spy chief. "North Korea openly states that its ballistic missiles are meant to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the USA, the ROK, and Japan", Davis said.

The White House statement called for stronger sanctions against the North but did not directly threaten military action.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the missile launch, telling reporters during a visit to China that "there's nothing good about" it.

The South Korean military is gathering and analyzing information.


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