World condemns N Korea's missile launch


"The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK leadership to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation", Guterres said in a statement, adding that he would discuss it "with all concerned parties in the margins of the upcoming" U.N. General Assembly.

Since then, Pyongyang has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, threatened to fire missiles into the waters around the USA pacific island territory of Guam and launched two missiles over Japan.

"Our Embassy in Tokyo and Consulate General in Osaka are closely monitoring the situation and are regularly providing updates to the Filipino community", he said.

It also demanded that the DPRK comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions as well as the statements of its President by suspending all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and, in that context, re-establish its pre-existing commitments to a moratorium on missile launches.

On Monday, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to impose sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear test on September 3, the ninth United Nations sanctions resolution adopted on North Korea since 2006.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recently described North Korea's latest missile launch as "very concerning".

The statement came after Pyongyang's testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles on July 2 and 28 and previous ballistic missile launches and two nuclear tests past year. The Philippines chairs this year's ASEAN meetings.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency carried Kim's comments on Saturday - a day after US and South Korean militaries detected the missile launch from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned the launch of another ballistic missile by North Korea.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.

The increasingly frequent and aggressive tests have added to outside fears that the North is closer than ever to building a military arsenal that could viably target the USA and its allies in Asia. Kim said the "combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified, operation members' capacity for actual war is also very flawless and the work for increasing combat power of Hwasong-12 has been realized", according to KCNA.

He reiterated Manila's call for dialogue, saying the missile launches not only undermine efforts to peacefully resolve issues in the Korean Peninsula but also exacerbate the already tense situation there. "North Korea's missile launch is another reckless breach of United Nations resolutions, a major threat to worldwide peace and security which demands a global response", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on social media. "Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with U.S. and make the United States rulers dare not talk about military option for North Korea", he was quoted as saying by KCNA.