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Fresh Off Missile Launch, North Korea Moving Toward 'Greatly Extended Strike Range'

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The closed door meeting will be held at 5 p.m., said a spokesperson of Ukraine's mission, which is holding the presidency of the organisation this month, Efe news reported.

Its missile launch over the Sea of Japan on February 12th came as Donald Trump hosted Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, on a state visit.

"We confirm that the new type of ballistic missile launched by North Korea has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers, according to our intelligence agency", said Lee Cheol Woo, a ruling party lawmaker who serves as the head of the Intelligence Committee in the National Assembly.

The U.S.is preparing to send strategic military assets to South Korea for drills as tensions run high on the peninsula following North Korea's test of a new offensive weapon.

South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said that his country will punish North Korea for the missile launch.

North Korea's claim couldn't be independently confirmed, but Lee said video and photos of the launch make it appear that the missile uses solid fuel.

Later on Monday, the South Korean defence ministry said the United States and South Korea would deploy U.S. strategic assets during their annual joint exercise - in what appeared to be a response to the missile launch.

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The test could also be an attempt to bolster internal unity in a way that doesn't provoke the United States too much, as a long-range missile or nuclear test would do, said Lee Illwoo, a Seoul-based commentator on military issues. While Abe condemned the test as "absolutely intolerable", the USA president responded by stating that "America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%".

Geng said China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has been "completely and comprehensively" implementing Security Council resolutions on the nuclear issue.

"The United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent", Trump said during the conference at Trump's south Florida estate.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday denounced the test, calling it a "further troubling violation" of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

The report said the test proved "the reliability and security" of a new mobile launching system, the solid fuel that was used, and the guidance and control features of the ballistic missile. But three weeks into his presidency, Trump seems to be adopting a muted tone toward North Korea, and in his remarks on Saturday, he showed that he won't be easily baited into a conflict. The same system is employed for missiles launched from submarines below the ocean surface. It did, however, carried out two nuclear tests a year ago, in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

The North might launch the ICBM from an inland location near the Chinese border such as Panghyon, in a bid to avoid possible interception by the U.S., the report said.

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