“We are against it and consider it counterproductive, damaging, dangerous”, he said.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the USA needed to “stop scaring” the North Korean regime.
North Korea’s apparently successful launch of a mid-to-long range missile indicates a significant advance in its drive for an intercontinental ballistic missile, monitors say.
Over the weekend, North Korean officials said they’re open to talks under the right circumstances, but USA officials say that missile launches like this one shatter the prospect of dialogue at least any time soon.
It said the newly developed Hwasong-12 flew as high as 2,111 kilometers (1,310 miles) before landing in a targeted area in the ocean about 787 kilometers (490 miles) from the launch site.
A small island in the Pacific, Guam is home to Andersen Air Force Base, through which the US Air Force rotates heavy bombers including B-1s, B-2s and B-52s.
North Korea’s missile program is progressing faster than expected, South Korea’s defense minister said on Tuesday, hours after the U.N. Security Council demanded the Kim Jong Un’s regime halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
The administration has also called on Beijing to do more to rein in Pyongyang and has said it’s seen positive signs in that direction after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting with President Trump.
Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the U.S. told AFP: “This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested”.
After being fired from a launch pad in the Kusong region early on Sunday, the projectile travelled around 500 miles before dropping into the Sea of Japan.
The US and Russian Federation also offered differing estimates for where the missile splashed down.
The regime of President Kim Jong-un successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday that the USA military said landed about 60 miles off Russia’s east coast.
DPRK is short for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“They have the overwhelming dominant economic relationship with North Korea and because they have the greatest leverage, they have the greatest responsibility”, he added. 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. 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.
“It is considered an [intermediate-range ballistic missile] of enhanced calibre compared to Musudan missiles that have continually failed”, he said.
U.S. President Donald Trump is pressing China to rein in its unruly neighbor.
What has North Korea been saying? The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry.