Monday, May 15, 2017

North Korea has claimed that the missile it tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead

North Korea missile test, was launched at a steep angle, reached an altitude of 2,000km (1,242 miles) and travelled about 700km, landing in the sea west of Japan.

North Korea said on Monday it was a test of the abilities of a "newly developed ballistic rocket".

South Korea's military said it could not yet verify the North's claims, but said the North's missiles did appear to be able to leave and re-enter the atmosphere, which is crucial to developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), the Yonhap news agency reported.

Repeated missile tests by the North this year - not all of them successful but all a breach of UN sanctions - have sparked international alarm and raised tensions with the US.

The US and Japan have called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

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