North Korea tests missile, Putin issues a new warning

May 15, 2017 6:39 pm Last Updated: May 15, 2017 6:39 pm

North Korea tested a new long-range missile over the weekend, with Pyongyang claiming it can carry a heavy nuke, The Associated Press reported.

On Monday, the isolated, communist regime claimed that it launched a new, “medium long-range” rocket with nuclear warhead capabilities.

The tested missile apparently flew higher than longer than previous tests, the news agency reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against “intimidating” North Korea after the test, saying the missile launch is “dangerous.”

“I would like to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear states, including through the Korean Peninsula,” Putin told reporters. “We are against it and consider it counterproductive, damaging, dangerous,” he added.

He said that “intimidating (North Korea) is unacceptable.”

On Sunday, Japanese officials said the missile flew for about 30 minutes, landing in the Sea of Japan.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, praised President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on Pyongyang, saying that North Korea’s threats are evolving.

“President Trump says all options are on the table. He is demonstrating this position both by words and by action. We regard this highly,” he said, per CNBC.

He added that the state’s missile technology and the threat it poses has now entered “a new stage. That is our recognition,” Abe said.