North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a long range rocket launched into the air in this still image taken from KRT footage and released by Yonhap on February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Yonhap/
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The U.N. Security Council president condemned nuclear-armed North Korea over its tests of a powerful new medium-range missile Wednesday, calling for a swift response from the world body.South Korea's Defense Ministry said the two missiles achieved a significant increase in flight distance over previous failed launches and were believed to be of a much-hyped, intermediate-range Musudan missile – theoretically capable of reaching U.S. bases as far away as Guam.Existing U.N. Security Council measures ban North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology.After Pyongyang conducted a fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6, followed by a long-range rocket launch Feb. 7, the Security Council adopted its most punishing sanctions yet against North Korea.U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the latest launches would only increase global efforts to counter North Korea's illicit weapons program.
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