USPACOM Chief: North Korea's Latest Missile Test 'A Recipe For Disaster'

Posted May 19, 2017

Uruguayan Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, the current council president, said after the meeting that members are united in condemning the latest missile launch as "a serious threat to worldwide peace".

"The firing of a ballistic missile is a serious provocation that violates United Nations Security Council resolutions and poses a serious challenge to peace on the Korean Peninsula as well as to the global community", said Moon during his meeting with military commanders at the Defense Ministry in Seoul.

Countries must decide whether they support North Korea or those opposed to its nuclear and missile programs, U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday, vowing to "call out" states backing Pyongyang.

"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the Council's previously expressed determination", the statement read. Pyongyang hailed as a success the launch that was aimed at testing its missiles' ability to carry a heavy warhead, a measure it says it needs to counter United States hostility.

Again, the olive branch Moon extended to President Kim came as a surprise, given North Korea's threats for decades to reduce Seoul, the capital of South Korea, to a "sea of fire".

US President Donald Trump has said he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system which detected Sunday's test launch.

Of course, USA actions with South Korea involving this year exercises that emulate an invasion of North Korea are never regarded as provocative nor is the recent deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system or sending an aircraft carrier with support vessels to the peninsula.

They were believed to have held talks on prospects for containing North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons activities as well as the economic fallout over the deployment in South Korea of the USA missile defense system called THAAD.

Abe also struck a conciliatory note, saying: "With the new president, I wish to build future-oriented Japan-South Korea relations".

He also said the North's nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly recently but that the South was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.

In contrast to Putin's myopic view, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was on the button when he called North Korea's conduct "reckless", "provocative" and "unlawful".

McMaster reportedly told Hong the United States is aware of the controversy over THAAD deployment.

Hong delivered a letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Russian Federation and China have opposed the THAAD deployment, calling on the all parties to find a peaceful solution to the hazardous situation in the region.

"We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is 'No more".

US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused North Korea of intimidating the entire worldwide community with its nuclear programme, military ability and cyberattacks. The United States is not past looking at third-country entities who are helping North Korea, and putting sanctions against them. The missile would likely be capable of striking the USA territory of Guam.