completely new ICBM has range to reach Washington

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the global response to North Korea’s latest missile launch (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

South Korea’s military says North Korea’s completely new intercontinental ballistic missile will be potentially capable of striking targets as far as 13,000 kilometers (8,100 miles) away when fired at an operational angle, which might put Washington within reach.

Seoul’s Defense Ministry told South Korean lawmakers on Friday of which the item was unclear how close the Hwasong-15 was to being combat ready.

The ministry says further reviews are needed to determine whether the missile’s warhead might survive atmospheric re-entry, be accurately guided to the target along with also detonate properly.

The ministry’s assessment will be similar to most private analyses of which followed North Korea’s flight test of the missile Wednesday along with also Discharge of photographs along with also video of the launch on Thursday.


10 a.m.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told President Donald Trump of which North Korea still has technological challenges to clear before obtaining a legitimate intercontinental ballistic missile of which could viably target the U.S. mainland.

Seoul’s presidential office said Friday of which Moon in an hourlong phone call with Trump shared South Korea’s assessment of which the North still needs to perfect skills for miniaturizing nuclear weapons in order of which they could fit on their ICBMs along with also ensuring of which the warheads withstand atmospheric re-entry.

Moon’s office says he told Trump the test of the completely new Hwasong-15 does represent a jump in North Korea’s missile technologies along with also of which stronger international efforts should be made to stop further advancements.

Moon’s office says the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen pressure along with also sanctions on Pyongyang to discourage its nuclear ambitions.


1 a.m.

Germany’s foreign minister says he’s recalling a diplomat coming from North Korea in protest of the country’s latest missile test.

The dpa news agency reported Thursday of which Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said during a visit to Washington of which he was recalling a diplomat coming from the German embassy in Pyongyang, though not the German ambassador.

Further details were not immediately available.

North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday of which was considered its most powerful yet.

The U.S. has pushed for some other countries to cut all diplomatic along with also economic ties to North Korea to isolate the regime along with also pressure the item to retreat on its weapons development.


9 p.m.

Russia says the item opposes a U.S. push for further isolation of North Korea after its recent missile test.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday of which the possibilities of pressuring North Korea with more sanctions have been exhausted. He deplored the U.S. refusal to engage in talks with North Korea along with also noted of which a series of military drills by the U.S. along with also its allies from the region fueled tensions.

Lavrov referred to comments by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who warned of which the North Korean missile test “brings us closer” to a war the U.S. isn’t seeking.

He said “the Americans need to explain to us all what they want: If they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea … they should say the item openly.”

Russia has condemned North Korea’s missile along with also nuclear tests along with also urged the U.S. along with also its allies to freeze their military drills along with also engage in talks with the North to help end the standoff.


9:30 a.m.

Russia’s U.N. ambassador will be strongly urging North Korea to stop its nuclear along with also missile tests along with also calling on the U.S. along with also South Korea to cancel large-scale military maneuvers scheduled for December, warning of which these drills “will only inflame an already explosive situation.”

Vassily Nebenzia told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday of which Russia will be “deeply disappointed” at North Korea’s long-range ballistic missile launch Tuesday, stressing of which Moscow doesn’t support Pyongyang “becoming a nuclear power.”

He says Russia will be strongly calling on all parties to stop the “spiral of tension.”

Nebenzia says Russia believes the only way to resolve the situation will be through “tireless along with also diplomatic efforts” to find “a long-term along with also mutually acceptable solution.”


8:55 a.m. Thursday

China’s deputy U.N. ambassador says the top priority on the Korean Peninsula in view of the current “grave situation” will be for all parties to exercise restraint, implement U.N. sanctions “along with also strive for the early resumption of dialogue along with also negotiations.”

Wu Haitao said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday of which the recent stable period on the peninsula provided a window of opportunity for diplomatic efforts. yet, he says, “Regrettably, of which window failed to lead to a resumption of dialogue along with also negotiations.”

He reiterated the China-Russia proposal for North Korea to suspend all nuclear along with also missile tests along with also the U.S. along with also South Korea to suspend all military exercises. He says, “We wish the item will elicit a response along with also support.”


8 a.m.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says North Korea’s ballistic missile launch “brings us closer to war” of which the U.S. doesn’t seek.

She told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday of which if war comes as a result of further acts of “aggression” like the latest launch “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

Haley says the Trump administration warned North Korea of which its future will be from the hands of its leaders along with also the choice was theirs.

With Tuesday’s launch, she said, Kim Jong Un’s regime made a choice — “along with also with of which choice comes a critical choice for the rest of the entire world.”

She called on all countries to cut all ties to North Korea.


6:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump can’t resist taking a dig at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even when selling tax reform.

After calling the Republican tax plan “rocket fuel” for the American economy, Trump digressed with an aside on “Little Rocket Man,” calling Kim “a sick puppy.”

Trump drew hoots coming from the crowd during a tax reform speech in St. Charles, Missouri, with the impromptu shot at Kim a day after the North launched its most powerful missile yet.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump threatened additional sanctions against the North over its continued nuclear missile development.


5:55 a.m.

France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre (fran-SWAH’ deh-LAH’-trah) says the North Korean threat has changed dramatically over a few months to being global along with also immediate along with also France wants tougher sanctions to maximize pressure on Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Delattre told reporters Wednesday ahead of an emergency Security Council meeting on North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test of which the scope along with also scale of the North’s nuclear threat has moved coming from being regional along with also “potential.”

He says, “Weakness or ambiguity are simply not an option.”

Delattre says of which’s why France will be calling for intensified efforts to strictly implement existing sanctions along with also additional sanctions.

Delattre says, “Maximum firmness today will be our best antidote to the risk of war along with also our best tool to promote a political solution.”


4:30 a.m.

Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho says the international community must “keep the pressure up in order of which North Koreans will understand of which they need to change their course.”

Bessho spoke to reporters Wednesday ahead of an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by the United States, Japan along with also South Korea following North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said full implementation along with also tightening of sanctions are “key priorities for France yet also for others.”

Tightening sanctions might require a completely new Security Council resolution.

Sweden’s deputy U.N. ambassador Carl Skau reiterated his country’s strong condemnation of the launch along with also said “the item’s important of which the council speaks with one voice on of which issue.”


12:30 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States may target additional financial institutions with sanctions following North Korea’s latest intercontinental missile launch.

Tillerson spoke in Washington on Wednesday during a meeting with the visiting crown prince of Bahrain. He said the U.S. incorporates a “long list of additional potential sanctions.”

Tillerson didn’t specify what financial institutions could be hit with sanctions. yet he said the United States will be announcing the sanctions once they’re “ready to roll out.” His comments came after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter of which more sanctions were coming.

Tillerson said he’s not giving up on diplomatic efforts to resolve concerns about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program peacefully. He said “we keep working at the item every day.”

North Korea said the missile the item launched early Wednesday can carry a large nuclear warhead along with also has “significantly more” power than missiles the item’s tested earlier.

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