Japan to acquire air-launched missiles able to strike North Korea

A woman walks past a street monitor showing a news report about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo Japan

No Need of Nuclear Capabilities For Japan Despite New Missile Tests by Pyongyang REUTERS Toru Hanai

"They. agreed that the current situation was the most tense and unsafe peace and security issue in the world today".

Feltman emphasised the need for the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions and that the global community was committed to achieving a peaceful solution.

The announcement is line with the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 2375, which focused mostly on curbing the North's imports of oil products.

Russia has communication channels with North Korea open and Moscow is ready to exert its influence on Pyongyang, Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Tuesday.

The U.S. and South Korean exercises, however, came a week after North Korea test-fired a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say is capable of reaching the U.S. The new ICBM is one of several missile tests conducted by Pyongyang, along with a series of nuclear tests, in defiance of global sanctions.

North Korea has recently test-fired ballistic missiles over Japan and last week tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that climbed to an altitude of more than 4,000 km before splashing into the sea within Japan's exclusive economic zone.

KCNA, North Korea's state run news service, said Saturday this latest development is a result of a senior U.N. official's recent visit to the isolated nation. During his visit to North Korea earlier this week, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman assured the country's leadership of the global community's commitment to peaceful solution of the North Korean issue, the UN Secretary General's office said on Saturday.

North Korean flew two medium-range ballistic missiles over the Japanese island of Hokkaido earlier this year and has threatened to bracket the US territory of Guam with missiles tests on all sides of the island.

The United States and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills this week, which the North said have made the outbreak of war "an established fact".

"But at the same time it can be seen that hopes for peace have yet to extinguished". The Pentagon has mounted repeated shows of force after North Korean tests.

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