07:35 14 February 2017
U.N. Security Council holds emergency talks on N. Korea
NEW YORK, Feb. 13, Kyodo
The U.N. Security Council convened an emergency meeting Monday afternoon, possibly to issue a statement addressing North Korea's test-firing of a ballistic missile in violation of U.N. resolutions.
Pyongyang said earlier in the day it had successfully test-fired a new medium- to long-range ballistic missile, with leader Kim Jong Un hailing what he claimed is another way for the country to launch a nuclear attack.
The test a day before of "a surface-to-surface medium long-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2, Korean-style new type strategic weapon system," was supervised by Kim at the scene, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
The missile, fired early Sunday local time from Kusong in the northwest of North Korea, reached as high as 550 kilometers and flew about 500 km before landing in the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, according to South Korea's military.
North Korea's latest military action is widely seen as an attempt to test new U.S. officials, who have not fully spoken publicly about Washington's approach toward Pyongyang since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20.
Earlier Monday, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned North Korea for its latest missile launch.
"This action is a further troubling violation of Security Council resolutions," he said in a statement released by Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq.
Guterres urged Pyongyang to "return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization," adding the international community should continue to address the situation in a united manner.