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US calls for stronger sanctions against N Korea

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The today described a ballistic missile test by North Korea as a provocative behaviour and called for stronger sanctions against Pyongyang.

"Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea," Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

TheUS Pacific Command detected and tracked a North Korean missile launch at approximately 10:30 AM (Hawaii time) Saturday.

Themissile was launched near Kusung and landed in the Sea of Japan, PACOM said, adding that the type of missile is being assessed and the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile.

"With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil - in fact, closer to than to - the President cannot imagine that is pleased," Spicer said.

"North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. and have been watching this situation closely with us," he said.

He said the US maintains its ironclad commitment to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.

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First Published: Sun, May 14 2017. 10:42 IST