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Russian President Vladimir Putin warns West to 'stop intimidating North Korea'

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns West to 'stop intimidating North Korea'

In a unanimously agreed statement, the 15-member council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions". The United States is in talks with China - Pyongyang's sole major ally and main trading partner - on a possible new sanctions resolution and the council is expected to discuss its steps during a closed-door meeting starting around 2000 GMT Tuesday.

North Korea has maintained that the missile test was in response to the nuclear dangers and threats posed by the USA and its allies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in January that his country has entered the final stage of preparing to launch an ICBM.

Despite North Korea's claim that Sunday's test simulated a re-entry situation, South Korean defense officials say the North probably has yet to master the technology.

The North's KCNA news agency said Sunday's launch tested its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead."

"The launch of such ballistic missiles is a serious threat to our country", Abe said, considering the action a grave threat to the region and a violation of United Nations resolutions on North Korea's arms programs. "If (electrical) circuits break and a trigger device fails to detonate nuclear fuel, you can imagine that only some twisted metal will fall on Alaska or Hawaii, even if North Korea fires missiles at them", said Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies.

Aside from Pyongyang's space launches, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the U.S. told AFP: "This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested". The missile reached an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,245 miles), a first for a North Korean missile. "We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and dangerous".

USA began talks with North Korean ally China on possible new United Nations sanctions.

The ruler also pledged further missile tests and nuclear detonations, despite repeated warnings by President Trump.

Without mentioning US, Putin said that "intimidating North Korea is unacceptable".

"Kim Jong-Un is in a state of paranoia, he's incredibly concerned about anything and everything around him", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told ABC News.