MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On July 28, North Korea announced its second test of Hwasong-14, calling it a success. The ICBM's projectile reached the altitude of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 kilometers for about 47 minutes, according to reports. It fell into the Sea of Japan. China, Japan, South Korea and the United States have already condemned the missile test.
"An emergency meeting of the UNSC could be held early next week. But the exact date for the gathering can be determined after the weekend," the source said, as quoted by the publication.
While the US, South Korea and Japan believe that North Korea launched an ICBM, the Russian Defense Ministry challenged their data, saying that based on technical characteristics of the missile, it was medium-range.
On July 4, North Korea announced it had successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it traveled 580 miles and reached an altitude of 1,740 miles during its 39-minute flight before accurately hitting a targeted area in the Sea of Japan. The test immediately prompted sharp criticism from the international community.
Following the launch, the Russian Defense Ministry disputed Pyongyang's claim, saying the missile's flight parameters indicated it reached an altitude of 535 kilometers (332 miles) and traveled 510 kilometers before falling in central Sea of Japan. However, US officials believe that Pyongyang had successfully launched an ICBM for the first time.