UN condemns N. Korea missile launch as Trump vows strong response
- No military solution -The Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions since Pyongyang first tested an atomic device in 2006. Enforcing those measures is key to changing Pyongyang's behavior, Japan's Ambassador Koro Bessho said, cautioning that "it takes time." "We need to keep on pushing. We are not looking for a military solution," he said. "We will have a peaceful solution and the Security Council is the body that is most suited for that," he added. The US Defense Department warned that the United States and its allies have the capability to shoot down any missile from North Korea. Pyongyang is "very open and transparent about their desire to build this capability, and we are open about our ability to defeat it," Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said. The United States is also working with Seoul to install a THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, a move opposed by China.
- New type of weapon system -The North's leader Kim Jong-Un "expressed great satisfaction over the possession of another powerful nuclear attack means which adds to the tremendous might of the country," the state news agency KCNA said on Monday. It released photos showing the missile blasting into the sky with a smiling Kim watching from the command center and standing on the launch field surrounded by dozens of cheering soldiers and scientists. The missile was described as a surface-to-surface "medium long range" Pukguksong-2, a "Korean-style new type strategic weapon system." North Korea claims it has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the US mainland, but has not yet tested one. KCNA said the missile tested Sunday was powered by a solid-fuel engine -- which needs a far shorter refueling time than conventional liquid fuel-powered missiles. The South has said that Sunday's launch was intended as a test for Trump, who responded by pledging "100 percent" support for Washington's key regional ally Japan. Trump has pressed China to play a bigger role in restraining its wayward neighbor. China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing opposes North Korean missile launches that violate UN resolutions. Russia's foreign ministry called the launch "a demonstration of contempt for UN Security Council resolutions."