North Korea claims new missile can carry "large" nuke

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"The US should not disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in the DPRK's sighting range for strike and that it has all powerful means for retaliatory strike".

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", the council said, adding that it was ready to impose further sanctions on the country.

North Korea launched another ballistic missile on Sunday, which it said was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large-scale heavy nuclear warhead", the latest in a series of tests that has increasingly alarmed its neighbors and raised tensions with the United States.

Japanese officials say the missile flew for about 30 minutes, traveling about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and reaching an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).

The intermediate-range missile fired by the North at the weekend, named the Hwasong-12, was its longest-range rocket yet, analysts say.

On the respected 38North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said yesterday's appeared to be of an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the U.S. base at Guam" in the Pacific.

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The test "represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", John Schilling, an aerospace expert, said in an analysis on the US-based 38 North website.

It was its 10th launch this year, after dozens in 2016, as it accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States - something President Donald Trump has vowed "won't happen".

"If the USA dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it", it said.

The missile was launched on an unusually high trajectory, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

The U.N. Security Council is set to discuss North Korea's latest provocation Tuesday. "North Korea should not make an inaccurate judgment because of a changed [political] environment" in the South.

"The test-fire proved to the full all the technical specifications of the rocket. like guidance and stabilization systems. and reconfirmed the reliability of new rocket engine under the practical flight circumstances", KCNA said.

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South Korea's unification ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said Monday Seoul called on Pyongyang to cease engaging in provocations.

Jin Meihua, from the Northeast Asia Research Centre in Jilin province, said: "North Korea must have somehow prepared for possible further sanctions before this latest test".

The test is also an immediate challenge to South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, a liberal elected last week who expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea.

It was "plausible that they have made a compact warhead after five nuclear tests", Hanham told AFP, but KCNA's phrasing was "interesting but vague".

Footage shows the Hwasong-12 missile being launched into the air before rocketing towards the sky.

North Korea is barred from ballistic missile technology under multiple Security Council resolutions.

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Clustering two to four of the boosters could result in enough power to deliver a 500 kg to one-ton nuclear warhead not only to targets in the west coast of the US, but even the east coast, some pundits speculate.

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