United Nations strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

The Choson Sinbo described the atmosphere at the rink as "reminiscent of the June 15 unification period", a reference to a declaration signed by South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000.

The Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch and demanded a halt to all missile tests, stressing again that they violate United Nations sanctions and "are significantly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

As well as a growing list of ballistic missile launches, North Korea has also conducted two nuclear weapons tests since January 2016.

Washington D.C. The US military confirmed Tuesday that nuclear-armed North Korea had fired a medium-range ballistic missile, finding it posed no threat to North America and vowing to work closely with its regional allies, AFP reported.

North Korea launched a projectile on Wednesday, which USA officials said appeared to be a liquid-fueled, extended-range Scud missile that only traveled a fraction of its range before spinning out of control and crashing into the sea.

"The timing of the latest missile launch on the eve of the Xi-Trump summit fits into a pattern of Pyongyang's recent activities, aimed at stealing the worldwide limelight", he said.

Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korean Studies, said the South's indifference was a wasted opportunity to use sports as a diplomatic tool, even just to resume basic communications.

Robinson is the top officer at U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado. Fired from anywhere in South Korea, the missile could hit any target in the North.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the launch in a brief statement but said the U.S. had spoken enough about North Korea and would not comment further.

In a statement, the council said it was concerned about Pyongyang's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council".

They said it flew about 60 km (40 miles) from its launch site near Sinpo, a port city on the North's east coast where a submarine base is located.

Two weeks ago, the South Korean and US militaries said they detected what they called a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch.

The North's latest missile launch also came during annual military drills between the United States and South Korea. North Korea is one of the 34 countries that needs global assistance to feed its people, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.