North Korea claims new missile can carry "large" nuke

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a Security Council meeting in April

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a Security Council meeting in April

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned North Korea over its latest ballistic missile launch and called on Pyongyang to return to denuclearization.

Suggesting, say experts, that North Korea's missile range is growing - sparking condemnation of the launch and of the leader who ordered it.

The administration has also called on Beijing to do more to rein in Pyongyang and has said it's seen positive signs in that direction after Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting with President Trump.

"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the Council's previously expressed determination", the Security Council said.

It's part of the Pyongyang government's broader strategy to develop a long-range missile armed with a nuclear warhead that could strike the United States, a flight of about 4,800 miles.

The launch is a test for South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, with barely a week on the job.

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

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The Russian defense ministry said the missile landed several hundred kilometers away from the city of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East, but Putin said the missile "didn't present a threat" to his country.

CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz reports the missile, described by US officials as a KN-17 medium range missile, reached an altitude of more than 1,300 miles - fired, North Korea said, intentionally at a high angle out of consideration for its neighbors.

Trump has advocated for a diplomatic solution to the uptick in North Korean aggravations, but he said last month that he would not rule out a major conflict with North Korea.

The missile travelled some 700km (435 miles), reaching an altitude of 2,000km and landing in the sea west of Japan.

The remarks by Han suggested that the South Korean and USA militaries closely shared data on the operation of the THAAD in South Korea.

Speaking to his nation's parliament, the South's Han Min-koo said THAAD detected Sunday's launch of a missile that the North claimed was capable of carrying and delivering a nuclear payload.

"At present the South Korean people are hungry for a new politics, a new society and a new way of life", the official said, regarding the election of Moon, but added change with the North would only come about if Seoul complies with past joint declarations with North Korea. "Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea".

"So we are going to be raising the level of engagement with China on this issue".

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