Putin warns against 'intimidating' North Korea after missile test

Kim Jong-un and missile launch

Kim Jong-un and missile launch

A press statement issued by the council late Monday expresses "utmost concern" at what it calls North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior" and demands that Pyongyang conduct no further nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council stressed the importance of North Korea 'immediately showing honest commitment to de-nuclearisation through concrete action'.

China might support a new round of United Nations sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang launched another missile test just hours before Beijing held its biggest diplomatic event of the year, the belt and road forum, observers said.

USA experts said Sunday's launch was likely a mobile, two-stage, liquid-fueled missile that North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

North Korea boasted early Monday that the latest launch was personally supervised by leader Kim Jong Un. Tensions heightened in the Korean Peninsula in recent weeks amid speculation Pyongyang may conduct its sixth nuclear test sometime soon while the North's leader continued to threaten neighboring South and the US with its series of missile tests, some of which had recently failed.

The pictures featured a long nose-coned projectile that appeared to be similar to missiles displayed during an April 15 military parade for the birth anniversary of state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a Security Council in April at the United Nations Headquarters, in NY.

North Korea is not thought to be able yet to make a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile, though some outside analysts think it can arm shorter-range missiles with warheads.

North Korea said it fired the missile at a high angle to avoid neighboring countries.

Each round has increasingly put a stranglehold on the country for conducting underground nuclear tests on five occasions so far and for test-firing long-range and other ballistic missiles it is banned from using.

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Han also said that the North's defense proliferation was advancing faster than originally expected.

North Korea has tested dozens of banned missiles in the past year, though this was the first success after a string of recent failures. A Japanese military official says the missile flew for about 30 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan.

CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz reports the missile, described by USA 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.

Beijing has cited United Nations resolutions for all of its measures against North Korea.

The missile test came as a first test to newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who called for the National Security Council to meet on the matter, a presidential spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the U.S.is studying possible sanctions against worldwide companies that help the North evade restrictions - a step strongly supported in Congress.

The agency said the launch tested its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

South Korea's Defense Ministry said more analysis was needed to verify the claim.

"I think this is an important step sort of showing where it is headed", Wright said.

Pyongyang has long threatened to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the United States, a distance of around 8,000 km (4,800 miles).

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