Bangladesh expresses concern over North Korea's missile launch

The test was "aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead". The United States and its allies have been on alert for the North to test an ICBM, which would have the range to reach the USA mainland, since leader Kim Jong Un said his country was on the verge of being able to do so.

Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.

(AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS) This picture taken on May 14, 2017 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15 shows a test launch of the ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.

The missile was launched at the highest angle so as not to affect the security of neighboring countries and flew 787 kilometers (490 miles) reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles), KCNA said. A Japanese military official says the missile flew for about 30 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan.

This range is considerably longer than the estimated range of the Musudan missile, which showed a range of about 3,000 km in a test past year. The distance to Hawaii, headquarters for USA military operations in the Pacific, is 7,400 km.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday the North's latest missile test was risky, but warned against attempts to "intimidate" Pyongyang.

The intermediate-range ballistic missile may represent a "substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)", Schilling wrote, adding that the missile would allow North Korea to conduct at least some of the testing necessary to develop an operational ICBM without actually launching them.

The United Nations Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch, diplomats said on Sunday.

Guam is 3,400 km from North Korea. North Korea also has conducted three of five underground nuclear tests under the younger Kim's regime.

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

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was sacked toward the east at around 5:30 AM local time from near Kusong in the northwestern province of Pyongan-pukdo.

There's also a political victory for North Korea. He said Sunday's launch - the seventh such firing by North Korea this year - may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fueled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the launch as "counterproductive, damaging, dangerous".

"Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea", said the statement from White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

While Trump has said he'd be "honored" to talk with leader Kim under favorable conditions, Haley seemed to rule out the possibility.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible.

The South Korean military is gathering and analyzing information.

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