Trump calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea missile

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Following the missile test, US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with South Korea's national security chief, Kim Kwan-jin, according to South Korea's presidential office.

"North Korea fired an unidentified missile at around 5.27 a.m. today (Sunday) from an area in the vicinity of Kusong, North Pyongan province", Yonhap News Agency quoted the JCS as saying in a statement. Those are the missiles the U.S.is most anxious about, with the ability to reach the U.S. West Coast.

The White House says President Donald Trump "cannot imagine that Russia is pleased" with North Korea's latest missile test because the missile landed so close to Russian soil.

He says officials are studying possible implications of the launch that came days after South Korea's new president took office and an worldwide conference is being hosted by China.

The missile was sacked from the Kusong area north-west of the capital Pyongyang early on Sunday and flew about 700 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean military said.

"Despite strong warning from the global community, North Korea launched a ballistic missile again", Abe said.

Choi did not elaborate on what the North's conditions are, but her comments raise the possibility of North Korea and the US returning to negotiations for the first time since 2008, when six-nation talks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program fell apart.

The lawmaker said he had a conversation on various issues with his North Korean counterpart. The US White House said Washington maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies as they face the "threat" posed by Pyongyang, calling for stronger sanctions against the elusive country for its latest "provocation".

Abe says "Japan is closely cooperating with the USA and South Korea and analyzing the situation as we firmly respond to the development".

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Writing on his organization's blog, Wright pointed out that the Japan's Ministry of Defense had the latest launch reaching an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles), considerably higher than would be needed for the distance the missile traveled during what was reported as a 30-minute flight time.

The THAAD missile defence system deployed by the US in South Korea earlier this year - which has caused frictions with China - became operational this month.

Weapons experts and government officials believe North Korea has accomplished some technical progress with those tests.

'North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long.

The launch, if confirmed to be test-firing of a ballistic missile, is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight.

The Trump administration has called North Korean ballistic and nuclear efforts unacceptable and has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk as it formulates a policy.

The sanctions, however, have done little to deter the country from pursuing its nuclear and missile ambitions, which Pyongyang sees as a deterrent against a potential invasion by its adversaries.

Suga said it is yet to be decided whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will discuss Sunday's launch by phone with the leaders of the United States and South Korea.