North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under leader Kim Jong-Un as it accelerates a weapons program created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.
This was North Korea's first missile launch since its sixth nuclear test - its most powerful to date - carried out on September 3, which it claimed was of a hydrogen bomb. "So, having said that, I have no problem with kicking it to (Defense Secretary James) Mattis because I think he has plenty of options".
"The worldwide community needs to come together and send a clear message to North Korea that it is threatening world peace with its actions", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters in Tokyo, describing the launch as "unacceptable".
"This week the most stringent UN sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century was imposed on North Korea, after being unanimously agreed at the UN Security Council".
"US Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a single North Korean ballistic missile launch", spokesman David Benham said Friday, director of media operations at USPACOM.
"We called on our USA partners and others to implement political and diplomatic solutions that are provided for in the resolution", Nebenzia told reporters after the Security Council meeting on Friday.
President Donald Trump said he was briefed on the situation.
The missile posed no threat to North America or Guam, Manning told reporters during a briefing this morning.
China denounces North Korea's missile launch
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has denounced North Korea's latest launch, saying he is conveying "strong anger" on behalf of the Japanese people.
Hua says: "What is pressing now is that all sides should immediately halt their unsafe and provocative actions and words that escalate the tension".
August 29: North Korea fires an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 that flies over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean.
It was the 15th missile test by North Korea this year and the first since North Korea detonated its most powerful nuclear bomb to date on Sept 3. The weapon launched by Seoul could target the site from where the North had sent its missile over Hokkaido. Incidentally, the distance between North Korea and Guam is around 3,380 kilometers and this is significant from the American point of view.
"Russia is deeply anxious over more provocative launches, which lead to a further escalation of tensions on the peninsula".
Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said that by cutting off Pyongyang's sources of foreign currency, its ability to run its nuclear and ballistic missile programme would be constrained.
Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Ministry, stated during a press conference this afternoon that Pyongyang's adoption of ballistic missile technology has violated the UN Security Council Resolution on the matter, Xinhua reported.
Global politics Professor Scott Lucas told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "What the North Koreans did today was a pretty blunt response to what is being done, which is the United Nations passed additional sanctions only a few days ago".