US and South Korean forces have conducted their own ballistic missile test on the east coast of the Korean peninsula. It was part of a show of force in retaliation for the North’s missile launch on Tuesday.
There has been a ratcheting up of tensions between Pyongyang and Washington and Seoul after the rogue nation’s latest launch. US experts say the new missile had a range of more than 8,000 km which means it could possibly reach Alaska.
The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting at Washington’s request in the light of what the state department has called a new escalation of threat.
This year North Korea has carried out a series of missile tests flouting international sanctions.
Leader Kim Jong Un refuses to negotiate with the US until Washington abandons what he calls its hostile policy against his country.