Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

North Korea may bid to co-host World Cup


The Security Council also calls on all countries to implement the six North Korea sanctions resolutions it already has adopted "in an expeditious and serious manner".

The UN chief called on North Korea "to ensure full compliance with its worldwide obligations and return to the path of denuclearization". And if a test fails, it is much more challenging to identify the type of missile launched, especially considering Pyongyang's lack of reporting on tests that go awry.

Kim accused the United States of "browbeating" countries that "have no nukes" and warned Washington not to misjudge the reality that its mainland is in the North's "sighting range for strike", the North's official KCNA news agency reported.

At the request of the United States and Japan, the United Nations Security Council will convene an urgent session today to discuss the situation.

The radar of an advanced USA missile defense system in South Korea detected the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile two days ago, South Korea's defense minister told lawmakers on Tuesday.

FILE - United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters outside the General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Despite pressure and sanctions, North Korea was able to increase its stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium from 40 to approximately 50 kg over the last two years alone - enough to produce about 10 nuclear warheads.

The missile called Hwasong-12 was sacked and flew at 787 kilometers (489 miles).

"North Korea's latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", Washington-based monitoring project, 38 North, said in an analysis issued on Sunday. Firing the missile at high altitudes could also help North Korea test the technologies needed for warheads to withstand the re-entry through the earth's atmosphere. Its ambassador to China said in Beijing on Monday it would continue such test launches "anytime, any place".

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The statement also condemned an 28 April ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang.

North Koreans cheer after their women's soccer team scored their first goal against South Korea in a qualifying match for the Asian Football Confederation Cup at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang last month.

That signaled a new phase in applying sanctions that curb exports of coal from North Korea, impose severe restrictions on banking and ban sales of luxury goods and equipment that could be of use to the military.

"The actions of North Korea are unacceptable", Harris said at the start of a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Australia will work with the United States and other countries to impose sanctions on Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-un has allegedly become a devoted supporter of Serie A thanks to the impact 18-year-old North Korean Han Kwang-song has made at Cagliari.

It's not the "perfect weapon" the North Koreans claim, but the latest test represents a significant advance for Kim Jung Un and his nuclear weapons program.

North Korea's official Korean- Central News Agency (KCNA) called the missile a "new ground-toground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket", and said the "Hwasong-12" was "capable of carrying a large, heavy nuclear warhead".

The missile flew 787 km (489 miles) on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles), KCNA said.

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