Russian president Putin warns world leaders to stop 'intimidating' N Korea

Posted May 18, 2017

In comments carried by Russian news agencies, Putin said Russia considers North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests to be "unacceptable", adding that "we need to return to a dialogue with North Korea, stop intimidating it and find peaceful solutions".

But on Tuesday, a North Korean diplomat defended its recent missile test-launch, telling the UN Conference on Disarmament it was a legitimate act of self-defence under global law.

Speaking at a Chinese economic summit, Put also denied that the test had posed any threat to Russian Federation, despite the weapon landing 60 miles off his nation's east coast.

The report on the missile's flight was largely consistent with South Korean and Japanese assessments on Sunday that it flew 700 km (435 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,243 miles), which is further and higher than an intermediate-range missile tested in February from the same region, northwest of Pyongyang.

Yet, Pyongyang does not want to recognize this document by claiming that North Korea has every right to strengthen its own defense capability.

The White House reacted by calling for stronger sanctions from other countries around the world.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their utmost concern over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council by conducting these ballistic missile launches in violation of its worldwide obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions (...)", the Security Council said.

"North Korea's latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Koran missile", John Schilling, an aerospace engineer dealing with rockets said in an interview.

If launched at a normal trajectory, officials believe it could reach USA military bases in Guam.

What has North Korea been saying?

North Korea launched a missile test on Sunday 14th May which they claim is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

"If the U.S. dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it", it said. Both are in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

Kim personally oversaw Sunday's test, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch. (AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS)So what's next?

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also condemned the test, saying it "is not the way to sit down" with President Donald Trump.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "And we're going to continue, whether it's sanctions, whether it's press statements, anything that we have to do".

"I want to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers, including with the Korean Peninsula and North Korea", Putin said at a Chinese economic summit in Beijing, saying it would be "harmful and risky".