Tensions heightened in the Korean Peninsula in recent weeks amid speculation Pyongyang may conduct its sixth nuclear test sometime soon while the North's leader continued to threaten neighboring South and the USA with its series of missile tests, some of which had recently failed. While the White House called for stronger sanctions and noted the missile's proximity to Russian Federation saying that President Donald Trump "cannot imagine that Russian Federation is pleased". The missile flew 787 kilometers (490 miles) and reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles).
Another aerospace engineering specialist, John Schilling, said the launch appeared to demonstrate an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the USA base at Guam" in the Pacific.
North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. The Council demanded North Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests, adding it was ready to impose new and tougher sanctions on the regime.
Defense Minister Han Min-koo said at a meeting of the National Assembly's defense committee that the THAAD's radar in South Korea detected North Korea's launch on Sunday, citing confirmation from the U.S.
The missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and U.S. militaries said.
The US said Pyongyang had been "a flagrant menace for far too long" and that this "latest provocation" should "serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions".
North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test Sunday, its 10th this year alone.
"There is a fundamental understanding North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations pose a great threat to the peace and stability of the worldwide community", Lee said. Yet 38 North also says new assessments of what North Korea's missile program can do are now necessary.More news: Merkel's party seeks decisive victory in bellwether state vote
On Monday, North Korean state media showed photos of Kim Jong Un laughing and hugging his rocket scientists after the launch, which he personally oversaw, the report said.
As for Putin, speaking in Beijing, he said nuclear tests of the type that Pyongyang had been carrying out in recent weeks were unacceptable, but that a peaceful solution to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula was needed.
South Korea's defense minister claimed Tuesday that the North's missile defense program was advancing much faster than originally believed and that the use of the US -developed and installed THAAD anti-missile system had been used for the first time to detect the authoritarian regime's latest test, Reuters reported. Hawaii is roughly 7,000 km from North Korea.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US needed to "stop scaring" the North Korean regime.
Moon, according to his office, called the launch a "clear violation" of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Analysts said the UN Security Council would likely discuss new sanctions, with China possibly playing a role in their formation.
South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in, who is seeking deeper engagement with the North, said it was a "reckless provocation" while China, North Korea's only real ally, is urging restraint.