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North Korea Vows More Missile Tests; UN Condemns Them As 'Outrageous'


Pedestrians in Tokyo watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan and the Korean Peninsula following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan on August 29.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed he will launch more ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean a day after Pyongyang flew a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead over Japan, North Korea's official news agency says.

Kim's latest threat came as the United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned the August 29 launch as "outrageous" and called on all countries to enforce sanctions against Pyongyang.

The council's resolution, which was supported by China and Russia, also called for "a peaceful, diplomatic, and political solution" and did not threaten new sanctions on North Korea.

The Korean Central News Agency said on August 30 Kim viewed the launch as a "meaningful prelude" to containing Guam, the U.S. Pacific island territory with a military base.

Kim said his country needed to conduct more launches of its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile into the Pacific to advance the capabilities of its strategic force, the agency said.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the Security Council's unanimous vote showed the world is united against North Korea's missile tests and it should recognize the "danger they are putting themselves in."

Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump had said that Washington will keep "all options are on the table" in responding to the launches.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters