North Korea's Latest Missile Test Came Startlingly Close To Russia

"North Korea has been a flagrant menace for too long".

The launch came just days after South Koreans went to the polls to elect a new president.

In an interview with Sputnik, John Dunn, Professor Emeritus of Political Theory at Cambridge University, focused on Washington's current stance on North Korea, especially in light of Pyongyang's latest missile test.

If the North's latest missile launch is confirmed to be a success, Pyongyang is now equipped with a wide range of ballistic missiles that can target USA military installations in South Korea, Japan, Guam and potentially Hawaii, observers noted.

Sunday's test is the first from North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office last week.

Moon has called for outreach to Kim, North Korea's mercurial leader.

North Korea is forbidden from developing ballistic missiles under a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions - resolutions that it has consistently ignored.

Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, said among the responses expected from the Trump administration would be further pressure on all countries to fully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

Japanese officials say the missile, which launched from north-western Kusong, reached an altitude of 2,000km.

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North Korea's test of a ballistic missile has triggered an worldwide outcry, with the European Union and NATO calling it a "threat to global peace and security" and Russian Federation and China voicing concern about mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's attendance at China's biggest diplomatic event this year raised further eyebrows after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile early on Sunday, in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons program.

North Korea's state media Rodong reported on Saturday that the nation will bolster its nuclear capability unless the US abandons its hostile policy.

Kim warned the United States should not misjudge the reality that its mainland is in the North's "sighting range for strike", the North's official KCNA news agency reported. "Until he meets our conditions, we're not sitting down with him". The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft supercarrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

Moon had said in his inauguration speech that he was willing to visit Pyongyang "in the right circumstances" to ease tensions.

China's foreign ministry expressed opposition to the missile test and called on all sides to exercise restraint.

"This missile launch posed no danger for the Russian Federation".

China's President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced concern over the launch, with Xi saying that both countries are playing an "important role as a balancing power" in seeking to defuse conflict both on the Korean peninsula, according to the

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