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Putin says intimidation of North Korea must end

21 Mai 2017

North Korea is already subject to six resolutions aimed at restricting revenue and technology applicable to its nuclear and missile programs.

The country's official Korean Central News Agency says the missile fired Sunday Korea time was a Hwasong-12 "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile from a region near its west coast amid tense relations with U.S., global media reported.

The envoys will meet with high-ranking officials to explain the new South Korean government's policy plans and exchange opinions on how to develop bilateral relations, the presidential Blue House office said. Initial indications were that the new missile may be meant to serve as an anti-ship missile.

"If it was a signal, it could have been directed at any of the neighbors", Klingner said, noting that it represented "yet another violation of United Nations resolutions".

North Korea has in the past year stepped up its ballistic missile tests, firing dozens of various types of rockets, according to South Korea.

It said the missile was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".

Guam is situated around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southeast of North Korea. On Monday, South Korea's unification ministry warned North Korea to not miscalculate the situation.

Asked if North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: "Yes". In February, Beijing banned imports of North Korean coal, its most important export. Spokesman Moon Sang-Gyun said it's still unlikely that North Korea has re-entry technology, which would return a warhead safely back into the atmosphere.

But Victor Cha, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said analysis shows that the missile could possibly reach USA military bases in Guam.

Hwasong-12 mid-to-long intercontinental ballistic missile flew 787 km (489 miles) after reaching an altitude of 2,111 km (1,242 miles), and landed in the sea near of Russian Federation.

That suggests a range of 4,500 kilometres or more if flown for maximum distance, analysts said.

But in comments apparently directed at the US, Putin said "intimidating the DRPK is unacceptable", using the acronym for North Korea.

If not, will Trump accept the growing calls from Congress to start targeting Chinese companies that help Pyongyang access worldwide markets, even if that puts U.S.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

- "Reckless provocation" - ========================== Last week South Korea elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and said at his inauguration that he was willing "in the right circumstances" to visit the North to ease tensions.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Pyongyang over Sunday's launch, saying its defiance of UN resolutions was "a threat to peace and security in the region".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the test was unsafe, but warned against attempts to "intimidate" Pyongyang.

The missile test came at an embarrassing moment for China, making it appear that Xi lacks influence with Kim.

Acknowledging that there is concern about this in China, Davis noted it's perplexing why that is. Russian Federation is one of the few countries that has diplomatic ties with North Korea.

The test also demonstrates how hard it is to slow Pyongyang's progress.

The US Ambassador later tweeted: "There are no excuses that justify N. Korea's actions".

And he blamed the USA for this. "It is a normal step in the process".

Putin says intimidation of North Korea must end