China's UN ambassador, Liu Jieyi, warned on Monday that further escalation of already high tensions with North Korea risks getting out of control 'and the consequences would be disastrous'.On a trip to Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed on Monday to 'jointly push for a proper settlement of the (Korean) peninsula issue via dialogue and negotiation', according to the official Xinhua news agency.In an announcement of the missile test, North Korean officials called the launch, which leader Kim Jong-un supervised, a 'glistening miracle'.The 'landmark' test of a Hwasong-14 missile was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un, an emotional female announcer said on state Korean Central Television.Hours after the North launched a ballistic missile that flew more than 900 kilometres on Tuesday, the North's state media said it would make an 'important announcement'.'Important announcements' were made twice last year, one in January when the North claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and the other in February when it said it had successfully put a satellite into orbit.
'Our great leader Kim Jong Un sent a personally handwritten letter 2017, July 3rd, ordering the launch of an intercontinental ballistic rocket (Hwasong 14).'The launch, that was personally supervised by the great leader KJU himself, will now be followed by the National Institute of Science's report.'National Science Institute's Report: Intercontinental Ballistic Rocket Hwasong 14 was successful.'Our dear leader KJU's strategic order was followed by a launch of an ICBM, and this was successfully processed.'The newly developed ICBM Hwasong-14 was launched, and this took place on July 4, 2017 at 9am, and flew for 39 minutes.'It flew from a northwestern city, and flew precisely following the predicted trajectory.
The test still may be the North's most successful yet; a weapons analyst says the missile could be powerful enough to reach Alaska.
The 'unidentified ballistic missile' was fired from a site in North Phyongan province, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, and came down in the East Sea, the Korean name for the Sea of Japan.
Still pictures of the launch showed a missile lifting off the ground, spewing a flame and clouds against a backdrop of green hills.
Other photos showed Kim, in a striped Mao suit, shading his eyes with a raised hand and looking up at the sky, or sitting behind a desk looking through a pair of binoculars.