North Korea, which has launch facilities for its missile program on its west coast, reportedly launched the rocket during the night to avoid surveillance.
South Korea’s defence ministry said they could not confirm the contents of the report but said the North was considered ready to launch more missiles at any time.
The report came as the US ambassador to the UN warned that North Korea was “begging for war” and the United States’ patience has almost run out.
Calling on the UN to impose the “strongest possible measures” against Pyongyang, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said: “The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means before it is too late. Enough is enough. War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now, but our country’s patience is not unlimited.”
Ms Haley also warned China it could also face biting sanctions if it doesn’t step up its punishment, warning that the US “will look at every country that does business with North Korea, that is giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions”.
She added: “The stakes could not be higher”. …
Pyongyang warned the US will face its “greatest disaster” if it continues to “provoke” North Korea after it claimed to have carried out a “successful hydrogen bomb” on Sunday.
The article in the North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said: “If the US persists in its hostile policy towards the DPRK and makes a showdown with the latter to the end, while denying the strategic position of the DPRK, it will only face the final miserable end.”
Very serious stuff now. Don’t go to Seoul.