North Korea missile test: US seeks Security Council meeting
The US has sought an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea’s new missile provocation.
A closed-door session of the 15-member council is expected on 5 July.
The request came after North Korea said it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
US officials believe the claim is likely true, meaning the North may now be able to fire a missile to Alaska. Experts say it cannot accurately hit a target, however.
China and Russia, which share a land border with North Korea, have called for a freeze on Kim Jong-un’s nuclear programme.
They urged the US and South Korea to suspend large-scale military exercises.
The two countries also called on the US to avoid deploying the Thaad missile system – which aims to intercept attacks from Pyongyang – in South Korea.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Moscow, where he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
What did North Korea say?
The announcement on North Korea state television said the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test was overseen by leader Kim Jong-un.
It said the projectile had reached an altitude of 2,802km (1,731 miles) and flew 933km for 39 minutes before hitting a target in the sea.