North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday observed the test launch of a new ballistic missile that can carry a large nuclear warhead and has the USA mainland within striking range, state media claimed Monday.
North Korea earlier said the missile it had tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.
In a statement issued late on Monday evening, the UN's most powerful body expressed "utmost concern" at North Korea's "highly destabilising behaviour".
In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council yesterday stressed the importance of North Korea immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action.
The Security Council has approved six increasingly tougher sanctions resolutions following its nuclear and missile tests.
The United States is in talks with China - Pyongyang's main trading partner - on a possible new sanctions resolution and the Security Council is expected to hold a closed-door emergency meeting starting around 2000 GMT Tuesday.
Following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.
The missile, dubbed the Hwasong-12, was launched at a high trajectory on Sunday, reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers and traveling 787 kilometers before landing in the sea near Russian Federation, the North's official news agency KCNA reported.
The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim "warned the US not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific region operations are in [North Korea's] sighting range for a strike and that it has all powerful means for a retaliatory strike".
Pyongyang carried out two atomic tests a year ago, and has accelerated its missile launch programme, despite tough United Nations sanctions aimed at denying leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his weapons ambitions.
Francois Delattre told reporters Monday that France favors "a strong, swift and firm reaction of the council" to North Korea's test on Sunday of a new longer-range ballistic missile, which he called "a serious threat to peace and security both in the region and the world".
Pyongyang should "conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", it said.
North Korea's ambassador to China says that Pyongyang's test-firing of a ballistic missile over the weekend is part of the country's efforts to develop ways to defend itself against hostile aggression overseas.
"The greatest responsibility for bringing North Korea to its senses. lies with China", Turnbull says.
"North Korea does not believe that adopting soft or accommodating positions is the best way of inducing dialogue, but rather sees demonstrations of strength as most likely to eventually produce the negotiated outcomes it wants", Romberg said in an email to VOA. "It underscores not only the importance of the U.S. -Japan alliance, but also U.S. -Japan-South Korea trilateral cooperation".
David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile could have a range of 4,500 kilometers (about 2,800 miles) if flown on a standard, instead of a lofted, trajectory - considerably longer than Pyongyang's current missiles.
The White House has mooted talks with North Korea under the right conditions, which would include a halt to missile tests. Its ambassador to China said in Beijing on Monday it would continue such test launches "any time, any place".
The United States called the missile launch a message to South Korea, days after Moon took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue and keep up worldwide pressure to impede the North's arms pursuit. The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.