Strike Range of New N Korean Missile Reaches 13000km - South Korea Military

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The United Nations Security Council is set to meet later this month to discuss North Korea's nuclear programme after the reclusive country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching anywhere in the continental U.S. earlier this week. "And I don't mean 'Big for North Korea.' Only a few countries can produce missiles of this size, and North Korea just joined the club".

North Korea said the missile reached a height of 2,796 miles and traveled 596 miles, demonstrating the potential to reach a range of 8,100 miles.

The photos, dated November 23 and 24, appear to show the development of another launch pad just a few yards away from the one used during the July 4 Hwasong-14 ICBM launch, as well as a newly renovated access road.

The test - one of several this year - has been condemned by the global community and the UN Security Council called an emergency meeting.

Separately, the council will meet to discuss human rights abuses in North Korea on 11 December.

"We need China to do more", Ms Haley said on Wednesday.

USA sanctions against North Korea were bolstered last week after the Trump administration declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

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The US remains determined to stop North Korea from building a credible nuclear force, but it's looking less likely it will be able to do so diplomatically. "The major supplier of that oil is China".

"If the United States drops out of this deal, it won't be very credible in the eyes of those who are now requested to drop their (own) nuclear programme like North Korea", Lavrov said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the White House said that Mr Trump spoke to Xi Jinping by telephone, urging him to "use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearisation".

During a speech in St. Charles, Mo., on November 29, President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" and "sick puppy".

Later, addressing a Rome conference, Lavrov said Russian Federation and the United States both wanted North Korea to disarm, but said Washington would send a bad message if it walked away from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The commentary was published a day after Pyongyang's Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the Trump administration of "begging for nuclear war" by staging what it called the reckless air drills.