"It is actually North Korea trying to intimidate the worldwide community", Haley said, "and Russian Federation itself should be concerned because that ballistic missile test was a signal to South Korea for their new elections, it was a signal to Russian Federation in how close it got, it was a signal to Japan being in the region, and it was a signal to us".
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has vowed to "call out" states backing North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, as tensions continue.
The launch early on Sunday took place at a region named Kusong, where the North previously test-launched an intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing. "Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the USA hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems".
The February launch, the North's first missile test after Trump took office, alarmed neighbors because solid-fuel missiles can be fired more quickly than liquid-fuel missiles, which need to be fueled before launch and require a larger number of vehicles, including fuel trucks, that could be spotted by satellites.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Washington's basic policy on North Korea is not seeking a regime change, not invading it and guaranteeing its regime. He has to stop any nuclear programs that he has. The ongoing testing is disappointing.
"I will never tolerate the North's provocations and nuclear threats", he said on a visit to the defence ministry, urging the South's military to adopt a "watertight defence posture".
North Korea claims the missile is a new medium-long range ballistic rocket capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead.
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Even though plans for the USA missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula have been slammed by China and Russian Federation which deem it detrimental to their security, Chinese state media and North Korea's official news agency have recently been engaged in a war of words.
A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russian Federation.
Members of the public cheer as North Korean missile developers go by.
"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong Un is a recipe for a disaster", Harris said.
It stressed the importance of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action".
North Korea also sent a rare letter of protest to the US House of Representatives on Friday warning that a new package of tougher sanctions would only spur its development of nuclear weapons, North Korea's state media reported.