South Korean military: North Korea launches projectile

The Pentagon confirmed that North Korea launched some type of ballistic missile at around 10:30 a.m. Hawaii time.

US President Donald Trump called for tougher sanctions against North Korea after it test-fired a ballistic missile Sunday in an apparent attempt to test the South's new liberal president and the US.

Moon, a liberal who favors a softer approach to the North than his conservative predecessors, strongly condemned the launch during an emergency national security meeting, calling it a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a serious challenge to worldwide peace and security, according to senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan.

The ballistic missile fired by North Korea on Sunday did not pose a threat to Russia, landing about 500 kilometers from its border, the Russian defense ministry said after Washington suggested that Moscow would be angry.

Putin and Xi discussed the situation at the summit in Beijing, according to Russia's state news agency, Tass.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is playing host to nearly 30 world leaders and representatives from 100-odd countries, on Sunday at the One Belt One Road Forum in Beijing.

The White House today described a ballistic missile test by North Korea as a provocative behaviour and called for stronger sanctions against Pyongyang.

South Korean and USA military officials said the February launch was a significant development as it successfully tested a solid-fuel engine from a mobile launcher. He added that the missile didn't come down in Japan's exclusive economic zone, waters within 322 kilometers (200 miles) of the coast for which it has jurisdiction over resources.

"North Korea's missile launch is a serious threat to Japan and clearly violate against the United Nations resolution".

Shen Dingli, a professor of global relations at Fudan University in Shanghai, says North Korea conducted the test to show its "determination to develop nuclear weapons and missiles remains unchanged".

"South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us".

North Korea and Japan condemned the launch shortly after it was carried out.

Such rhetoric contrasts sharply with the tensions between the United States and North Korea.

China also expressed its opposition to the North's provocation and called on all sides to refrain from heightening regional tensions.

A recent launch in March saw three North Korean missiles fall provocatively close to Japan, sparking alarm in Tokyo.

Kishida says he and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se shared the view that dialogue is important for resolving the North Korean tensions.

The White House said that President Donald Trump has called for tougher sanctions and suggested that it impacted "so close to Russian soil... the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased".

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In talks over the telephone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 11, 2017.

The missile, launched near the city of Kusong, flew 700 kilometers (435 miles), the South Korean military said.

The missile launch could also be seen as an insult to Beijing. A USA defense official confirmed that it flew that far, but said the U.S. is still assessing what type of missile it was.

Trump has threatened military action but recently appeared to have softened his stance, saying he would be "honoured" to meet leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions.

It impacted "so close to Russian soil ... the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the White House said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the launch in a quick doorstep interview with reporters.

Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment when he was asked whether the latest missile launch was a success, and whether it represented a new level of threat.

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.

The North itself would be willing to hold talks with the USA if the conditions are right, according to Choe Son-Hui, a senior official at the North's foreign ministry, on Saturday.

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