Security Council to hold emergency meeting Friday on N. Korea missile launch

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Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopian ambassador to the United Nations and the president of UN Security Council for the month of September, addresses a press encounter after UN Security Council closed-door consultations at the UN headquarters in NY, on Sept 15, 2017.

Turkey condemned the latest the ballistic missile launch, saying that it would lead to further deteriorate the worldwide security.

Kim also said the country, despite "limitless" global sanctions, has almost completed the building of its nuclear weapons force and called for "all-state efforts" to reach the goal and obtain a "capacity for nuclear counterattack the USA can not cope with".

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres condemned North Korea's missile launch over Japan on Friday and said he would discuss the situation at the United Nations General Assembly's gathering next week.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia also warned that there is no alternative to a peaceful solution.

The Philippines on Saturday repeated its call on North Korea to stop its "provocations" and instead engage in talks to ease tensions after the rogue state conducted another missile launch in the face of tougher worldwide sanctions. "We should engage in meaningful negotiations", he told reporters after the consultations.

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Singapore condemns North Korea's latest 'dangerous and brazen provocation'
The South Korean defense ministry said the live-fire ballistic missile drill was approved by President Moon Jae-In. It came on the heels of the adoption of a United Nations resolution imposing harsher sanctions against Pyongyang.

Last August, Foreign ministers of the member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations released a statement expressing concern over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

A Hwasong-12 medium-range ballistic missile "zoomed to the sky with dazzling flash and big explosion" and "crossed the sky above Hokkaido of Japan along the preset flight track and accurately hit the preset target waters in the Pacific", Xinhua news agency cited the report as saying.

To ease tensions, China has been committed to a peaceful solution by supporting Security Council sanctions on one hand, and on the other proposing initiatives which aim to suspend hostilities by both Pyongyang and Washington.

Cayetano will consult with other foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in NY to discuss what Asean can do to help reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Trump tweeted earlier this month that the United States is considering "stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea".

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