South Korea fire rockets over fears Kim WILL start NUKE WAR

People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea

People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea

North Korea said that it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The reported trajectory was similar to that announced earlier by US, South Korean and Japanese officials, though the US judged it to be an intermediate-range missile.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. "strongly condemns" the missile and called on "global action".

"It would mean assured destruction of North Korea if it were to be so provocative and foolhardy as to seek to dump a nuclear payload on the United States".

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday spoke by phone with China's Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who holds the council presidency this month, to convey the US request for an urgent meeting, diplomats said. Some analysts said the flight details suggested the new missile had a range of more than 8,000km, which would put significant parts of the US mainland in range, representing major advances in its programme.

US President Donald Trump also responded swiftly on Tuesday.

University of North Texas Political Science Professor, John Ishiyama says until now North Korea has only been able to develop a single rocket with capability of hitting Japan. It is expected that the international council will impose additional sanctions on North Korea.

U.S. officials said North Korea launched intercontinental ballistic missile, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. "Russia and China oppose the deployment of such systems and call on the relevant countries to immediately halt and cancel the process of deployment".

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson said global action is required to stop a global threat.

On his Twitter account he made apparent reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying: "Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?"

The Trump administration faces the challenge of how to respond to North Korea's latest provocation.

Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. In response, the United States and South Korea flexed their muscles with a joint-military exercise in which they displayed their precision in missile attacks-the White House confirmed the same in a statement.

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