N Korea labels US-South Korea drill 'dangerous'

N. Korea ICBM test used new launch vehicle warhead able to re-enter Earth's atmosphere

The North's Hwasong-15 is considerably larger than the regime's previous ICBM, the Hwasong-14, and is created to deliver larger warheads, South Korea's Defense Ministry said in a report to lawmakers.

North Korea said in its announcement of the launch on Wednesday that the Hwasong-15 had been fired from a domestically made erector-launcher vehicle and Duitsman confirmed that the photos back the claim up.

Analysts at Image Sat International unveiled the new construction just two days after the rogue nation launched its most powerful missile yet.

Kim Jong Un inspects the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile.

"The Americans should explain to all of us what they are trying to do - if they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea they should come clean about it, and the American leadership should confirm it", he told reporters.

Mr Xi said China would like to keep up communications with the USA and all other related parties and "jointly push the nuclear issue toward the direction of peaceful settlement via dialogues and negotiations", according to Xinhua.


"We know the main driver of its nuclear production is oil", she said.

"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. This is important given the calls for a tightening of worldwide sanctions against North Korea.

Mr Trump also "emphasised the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearisation".

Speaking in Missouri, the United States leader derided Mr Kim, describing him as a "sick puppy" and "little rocket man".

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.

North Korea reacted angrily on Sunday to the air manoeuvres, accusing the US and South Korea of a "grave military provocation" that will "push the already acute situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of nuclear war".

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