North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile US policy

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Pyongyang has long had missiles that can reach targets across the South, the 500km Scud, and Japan, the 1,000km to 1,300km Rodong; but with an imputed range of 4,500km, the Hwasong-12 puts United States bases on the Pacific island of Guam within reach.

He is quoted as saying that South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for U.S. missile defense THAAD.

The DFA said the Philippines has expressed "very grave concern" over the DPRK's latest missile launch.

The Council has imposed six sets of sanctions against the North since 2006. Both the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday slammed the missile launches. He said the council is exploring many different avenues to proceed and "clearly sanctions are a way to go", but also diplomacy.

Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations were private, said China never mentioned working with the US on a new sanctions resolution, and both China and Russian Federation said they support a negotiated solution through dialogue.

The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States.

"The possibility of dialogue is open, but provocations must be met with stern responses to prevent North Korea from making misjudgments", Moon said at a National Security Council meeting, according to The Korea Herald. "Is it possible or not?"

South Korea's Han said Sunday's test was "successful in flight".

"What we do know is the worldwide community is concern".

But the former FSB security service chief warned North Korea "should not be provoked" into a siege mentality and a deadly arms build-up - yet this "is what is going on".

"In every test he [Kim] makes, it's a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to be able to deliver a nuclear-tipped missile anywhere in the world", Harris said.

The U.S. responded to the launch on Saturday by reaffirming its commitment to tightening sanctions against the North and urging the global community to do the same. "You have to choose, you have to pick a side".

"Well, I think you first have to get into Kim Jong-un's head, you know, which is he's in a state of paranoia", Haley, the United States' ambassador to the United Nations, said on "This Week," about the North Korean leader. "Ninety percent of the DPRK's trade is with China, so clearly there is a lot more leverage that China has, and we would like China to use in trying to deal with this issue", Wood said.

However, Pyongyang said its recent missile test-launch was a legitimate act of self-defence under worldwide law and called USA criticism a "wanton violation of the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK". In the United States, many are critical of China's failure to put sufficient pressure on its neighbour: while it has rebuked Kim Jong-un's actions in recent weeks, Pyongyang was still invited to the One Belt, One Road summit in Beijing at the weekend.