"First, the ultimate goal is to completely dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons", he said.
The paper also falsely claimed South Korean protesters were calling for the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye during their weekly "candlelight vigils" because of Park's conservative North Korea policy. "This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's three most recent tests", a White House official said.
An official of Hong's delegation said that Tillerson was emphasizing that there is no reason for the U.S.to demonstrate hostility if the North shows intentions to scrap its nuclear ambitions. The launch is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four days ago and comes as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.
"We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is 'No more".
"Such pressure by use of "sanction resolutions" devoid of legality, morality and impartiality is a blatant infringement on the independence of a sovereign state and act of interference in others' internal affairs", said a senior North Korean diplomat. That means the Trump administration has eased its conditions for dialogue from "abandoning all nuclear programs" to a freezing of them. The ongoing testing is disappointing. He vowed to bring up the issue at this week's G-7 summit in Italy.
It conducted its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, on Sunday which it said was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", drawing Security Council condemnation.
INFOGRAPHIC: What is the reach of N Korea's missiles?
Iran reformist drops out of election, supports Rouhani
The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the nuclear deal struck with world powers in 2015 under his leadership. Iranian voters are set to cast ballot in the country's presidential election on Friday.
The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland US, saying the programme is necessary to counter USA aggression.
This data underlines the progress made by Pyongyang in its efforts to develop an intercontinental nuclear missile in the future that can reach the United States and serve as a deterrent.
North Korea said it was a "medium long-range" missile, calling it the Hwasong-12.
Kim said there's also a possibility that the North is conducting engine tests and other experiments as it pushes for the development of a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach the US mainland.
Japan's Deputy Press Secretary for the Deputy-Director General for Press and Public Diplomacy, Masato Otaka, said they will always be ready to listen to the voices of the island countries.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea over its continuing ballistic missile and nuclear program developments, Reuters reported.
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