China, on Tuesday, called for calm and restraint after North Korea launched a ballistic missile and US President Donald Trump said perhaps China would “put a heavy move” on North Korea to “end this nonsense”.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said UN Security Council resolutions had clear rules on North Korea’s missile launches and China opposed it going against those rules.
He was speaking at a daily news briefing.
North Korea said it had successfully test-launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on a steep trajectory.
An expert said, if fired at a conventional trajectory, the missile could possibly hit the US state of Alaska.
The launch comes days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations are due to discuss steps to rein in Pyongyang’s weapons programs, which the North has pursued in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.
The launch, which North Korea’s state media said was ordered and supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, sent the rocket 933 km reaching an altitude of 2,802 km over a flight time of 39 minutes.
Officials from South Korea, Japan and the United States said the missile landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone after being launched near an airfield in Panghyon, about 100 km northwest of the North’s capital, Pyongyang.
“The test launch was conducted at the sharpest angle possible and did not have any negative effect on neighbouring countries,” North Korea’s state media said in a statement.
The North also said its missiles were now capable of striking anywhere in the world.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who convened a national security council meeting, said the missile was believed to be an intermediate range type, but the military was also looking at the possibility it was an ICBM. (NAN)