Kim Jong Un has ordered more missile tests and described the most recent launch as a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam.
The North Korean leader’s comments came as the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss Tuesday’s test of a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.
Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said it was a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that the North first successfully tested in May and threatened to fire into waters near Guam earlier this month.
Mr Kim was present for the intermediate-range missile launch over Japan.
He expressed “great satisfaction” over the launch which he called a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam, which is home to key US military bases that North Korea finds threatening.
KCNA added that it is “necessary to positively push forward the work for putting the strategic force on a modern basis by conducting more ballistic rocket launching drills with the Pacific as a target in the future”.
Following urgent talks, the UN Security Council described North Korea’s actions as “outrageous” – and accused Pyongyang of deliberately undermining peace and stability in the region.
A statement added: “The Security Council, resolute in its commitment to a denuclearised Korean Peninsula, emphasises the vital importance of immediate, concrete actions by the DPRK to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond.”
The council also said it was committed to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation.
China and Russia’s ambassadors to the UN said they opposed any unilateral sanctions on North Korea and reiterated calls to halt deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea.
Only last month, the council had imposed its toughest-yet sanctions on North Korea. It is not immediately clear whether any further actions could follow.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said: “It is time for the North Korean regime to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in.
“The United States will not allow their lawlessness to continue, and the rest of the world is with us.”
Following the launch, President Trump had said “all options are on the table”.
“The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signalled its contempt for its neighbours, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behaviour.
“Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.”
Source: Sky News World
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