North Korea claims its new long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

Tomomi Inada and Han Min Koo confirmed cooperation in telephone talks on Monday morning after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new type of ground-to-ground medium- to long-range ballistic missile on Sunday.

Washington and its allies will continue to "tighten the screws" on North Korea's mercurial leader Kim Jong Un, said Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations.

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - North Korea's latest ballistic missile test may be almost as big a deal as its propaganda machine claims.

Trump also has sought to enlist Chinese President Xi Jinping's help in preventing North Korea from escalating development of its weapons program.

North Korea has also launched satellites into orbit on long-range rockets that share some of the same technology as missiles.

The missile, which was launched at a high angle, reached the maximum altitude of more than 2,111.5 kilometers before landing in the East Sea 787 km away.

The missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and USA militaries said. And Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada suggested that it might be a new type of missile altogether, noting that it reached an altitude of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) and remained in the air for 30 minutes.

"North Korea's latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", Washington-based monitoring project, 38 North, said in an analysis issued on Sunday.

Two senior national security advisers to Trump will meet Moon's top foreign policy adviser, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss a summit of the leaders and the North's missile test, a source with direct knowledge of the meeting said.

"The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea", the statement said. North Korea also has conducted three of five underground nuclear tests under the younger Kim's regime.

"If the USA awkwardly attempts to provoke the DPRK, it will not escape from the biggest disaster in the history, Kim said, strongly warning the United States should not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in the DPRK's sighting range for strike and that it has all powerful means for retaliatory strike", KCNA said.

Moon kept open the possibility of an inter-Korea summit, initially proposed last Wednesday in his inaugural speech, but said it can only be held when Pyongyang "changes its behavior". On Monday, South Korea's unification ministry warned North Korea to not miscalculate the situation.

In comments carried by Russian news agencies, Putin said Russia considers North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests to be "unacceptable", adding that "we need to return to a dialogue with North Korea, stop intimidating it and find peaceful solutions".

The United States called for tougher sanctions against the North, with the White House saying it "has been a flagrant menace for far too long".

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.

"There are no excuses that justify N. Korea's actions", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted.

The South Korean military is gathering and analyzing information.

  • Fernando Stephens