America has asked for a closed-door session of the United Nations Security Council to address North Korea’s latest missile test, according to Reuters.
A spokesman for the U.S. mission to the U.N. told Reuters Tuesday that the 15-nation group would likely schedule a huddle the following day.
North Korea on Tuesday claimed it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), raising global fears over the reclusive nation’s arsenal.
Many Twitter users on Tuesday expressed alarm about the test, which analysts said could place the entirety of Alaska in range of North Korean missiles for the first time.
nytimesworld: North Korea's ability to strike back after an attack is likely to shape every U.S. decision about military options …— Ar Robin ✈ (@arrobin0077) July 4, 2017
North Korea claimed its long-range weapon could “reach anywhere in the world” after reportedly conducting its 11th missile test in 2017.
The launch notably came as President Trump marked his first Independence Day in the White House.
Trump earlier Tuesday blasted North Korean President Kim Jong Un for testing another missile despite repeated warnings from the global community not to.
North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
....and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
China and Russia on Tuesday reportedly urged North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear weapons testing.
The two nations also purportedly pressed the U.S. and South Korea to halt their major military exercises together.
North Korea has long sought nuclear weapons and the long-range missiles capable of delivering them to the mainland U.S. and elsewhere.
Trump has frequently demanded that China help end Pyongyang’s provocations, but the strategy has not stopped North Korea’s missile tests so far.