UNSC May Hold Meeting on N Korean New ICBM Launch Next Week

Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Paul Martin


An UN Security Council emergency meeting on the response to the latest launch of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by North Korea may take place early next week, Yonhap news agency reported, citing a South Korean government source.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, North Korea announced its second test of Hwasong-14, calling it a success. The ICBM’s projectile reached the altitude of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 kilometers for about 47 minutes, according to reports. It fell into the Sea of Japan. China, Japan, South Korea and the United States have already condemned the missile test.

“An emergency meeting of the UNSC could be held early next week. But the exact date for the gathering can be determined after the weekend,” the source said, as quoted by the publication.

While the US, South Korea and Japan believe that North Korea launched an ICBM, the Russian Defense Ministry challenged their data, saying that based on technical characteristics of the missile, it was medium-range.

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