International community cannot turn blind eye to dire situation in North Korea simply because it does not have access, Special Rapporteur Elizabeth Salmon says.
The launch came hours before South Korea and the United States were set to kick off their largest joint exercises in five years amid nuclear-armed Pyongyang warning such drills could be seen as a "declaration of war".
The United States accuses UN Security Council of a lack of action on North Korea's ballistic missile launches, warning that the 15-member body's failure to respond emboldens the DPRK.
Pyongyang reacts to US plans to increase its deployment of advanced military assets to the Korean Peninsula, including fighter jets and aircraft carriers.
The two missiles flew some 500 kilometres and reached a maximum altitude of around 550 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan.
Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests were a “clear answer” to Washington and Seoul over their joint exercises last week, and the tests were “corresponding military operations,” North Korea said in a statement.
Pyongyang launches its 41st ballistic missile of the year after South Korean jets scrambled to deter North Korean aircraft flying near the Military Demarcation Line.
North Korea successfully has test fired a new type of tactical guided weapon, to boost operations of tactical nukes on frontlines.
North Korea's latest launch extended a barrage of weapons demonstrations this year that analysts say are aimed at forcing the US to accept the idea of Pyongyang as a nuclear power and remove crippling sanctions against its broken economy.
China’s UN ambassador says the US should come up with “more attractive and more practical” policies to decrease tensions amid Pyongyang's intensified missile tests.
North Korea confirmed that it had fired a Hwasong-12 "ground-to-ground intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile," in a first test since 2017 of a weapon that powerful.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US envoy to UN, says Washington has offered to meet North Korean officials without any preconditions "and we have made clear that we hold no hostile intent toward the DPRK."
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