Kim Claims New Missile Is Capable of Carrying Nuclear Warhead

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"And North Korea's mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday is also regrettable, denting some of the optimism around South Korea's newly-minted President Moon, whose more conciliatory approach to the North was seen as a positive".

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said the G-7 summit his country is hosting later this month would discuss how to deal with the risk North Korea's missile launchings pose to global security.

He said Sunday's launch - the seventh such firing by North Korea this year - may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fueled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

Officials believe North Korea aspires to use the missile to target ships.

The missile flew 700km and reached an altitude of more than 2km, according to officials in South Korea and Japan, further and higher than an intermediate-range missile North Korea successfully tested in February from the same region of Kusong, north-west of its capital, Pyongyang.

The missile launch raised heightened fears with South Korea, Japan and the United States which said the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

According to state media reports, yesterday's missile was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that is capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead.

North Korea is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the mainland United States. At one of the sessions during the conference, Nikai was critical of the missile launch stating that, "It is unforgivable that North Korea has carried out this provocative act on a day like today - when we are holding an global conference aimed toward achieving peaceful interaction and development across the globe".

But it remains unclear whether it has the ability to make the weapons small enough to be mounted on a rocket, and it has never tested a long-range ICBM which could reach, for example, the US.

An intermediate-range missile that flew 500 kilometers was sacked from the same site in February. It said that with this missile, "the US mainland and Pacific operation region are in the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] sighting range for strike".

It said he had told the scientists and technicians involved "not to be complacent" but to build further "nuclear weapons and methods of delivery" until the U.S. made "the right choice". While Pyongyang regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master long-range missiles.

"You first have to get into Kim Jong Un's head - which is, he's in a state of paranoia, he's incredibly concerned about anything and everything around him", Haley told ABC's "This Week" program, referring to North Korea's leader.

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The missile launch, occurring just days after the new South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office, is deeply disturbing to many observers.

Japanese officials said Sunday that the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

The test puts South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, into a hard spot.

That suggests a range of 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) if flown for maximum distance, analysts said.

Moon, the first liberal leader in Seoul in almost a decade, said as he took his oath of office that he'd be willing to visit the North if the circumstances were right.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says he and his South Korean counterpart have agreed that dialogue for dialogue's sake with North Korea is meaningless in the wake of Pyongyang's latest missile test.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "reckless", "provocative" and "unlawful".

Moon responded on Monday by sending special envoys to the United States, China, Germany, Japan and Russian Federation to explain his new government's plans and policy towards the defiant North.

Meanwhile, Washington has said it will not hold talks without some kind of nuclear freeze or suspension from North Korea.

This set of photos carried by North Korea's main newspaper Rodong Sinmun on May 15, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing the test-fire of a new mid-to-long-range ballistic missile, called the Hwasong-12.

For weeks, the Trump administration has been demanding a tightening of sanctions against the North and urging a tougher stance by Beijing, Pyongyang's principal ally.