Putin, Macron Agree 'Negotiation' the only way to defuse North Korea tension

UN condemns North Korea's 'highly provocative' missile test

Amid global condemnations of the test, the UN Security Council was to meet later in the day to discuss the launch at the request of the United States and Japan, diplomats said.

"It is, of course, a grave threat to our own security but.it is a real threat to the peace and security of the world as a whole", he said.

Those sanctions imposed a ban on North Korea's textile exports and capped its imports of crude oil.

Dujarric said in a statement issued at U.N. headquarters in NY that Guterres will be discussing the situation on the Korean Peninsula with "all concerned parties" on the sidelines of next week's annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.

The Security Council was to meet at 3:00pm ET (1900 GMT), diplomats said, just days after its 15 members unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea over its Sept 3 nuclear test. In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China and Russian Federation to take "direct action"-including new sanctions on oil exports and North Korean labor".

Both Putin and Macron "decisively condemned the provocative" firing by North Korea of a ballistic missile yesterday over Japan and into the Pacific, the statement said.

Two tests in July were for long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching at least parts of the United States mainland.

The growing frequency, power and confidence displayed by these tests seem to confirm what governments and outside experts have long feared: North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target USA troops both in Asia and in the US homeland.

USA officials repeated Washington's "ironclad" commitments to the defence of its allies.

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North Korea's Foreign Ministry denounced the sanctions and said the North would "redouble its efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence". Guam, which is the home of important US military assets, is 3,400 kilometers (2,112 miles) away from North Korea.

The missile fired over Japan had the range to hit the United States territory of Guam.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who initially pushed for talks with North Korea, said its tests now make dialogue "impossible".

But the Kremlin has also been critical of calls from Washington to ramp up the sanction pressure on North Korea.

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under leader Kim Jong-Un as it accelerates a weapons programme created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

The French Foreign Ministry condemned "with the greatest firmness" the North Korean missile launched over Japan on Friday, the second in less than a month, warning that it threatens regional and global security. It was the second missile fired from Sunan over Japan in less than a month.

The missile was launched from Pyongyang at 6:57 a.m. Friday headed east, landing in the sea roughly 2,000 kilometers east of Japan's Cape Erimo.

The U.S. military said soon after the launch it had detected a single intermediate range ballistic missile but the missile did not pose a threat to North America or Guam, which lies 3,400 kilometres (2,110 miles) from North Korea.

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