Coming on the heels of new U.N. Security Council sanctions against the North, the news has caused a stir in South Korea as well.
According to Seoul's Defense Ministry, the missile would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of a crisis.
The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said Wednesday the discovery of xenon-133 isotope is linked to the North's bomb test conducted in its northeast on September 3.
The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a US-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday, banning North Korea's textile exports that are the second-largest only to coal and mineral, and capping fuel supplies. North Korea condemned the sanctions, and warned that the United States would "suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced for leading the effort to ratchet up economic pressures on the reclusive nation. The measures prohibit all countries from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers.
Anthony Ruggiero, a former U.S. Treasury Department official who is now an analyst with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, described how North Korea and Russian Federation tried to cover up a clandestine oil deal. Sanctions were watered down due to objections from China, by far North Korea's largest trading partner, and Russian Federation.
"Although the shell companies can be swiftly changed, the individuals responsible for establishing and managing them have remained often for years", Klingner told the congressional hearing.
The worldwide community has scaled up efforts to rein in North Korea, which has always been hell-bent on nuclear advancement, in light of its nuclear test earlier this month and its string of recent missile launches. "Japan is no longer needed to exist near us".
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the previous launch "an unprecedented, grave and serious threat", while Trump reiterated that "all options" are under consideration in response to Pyongyang's actions.
The Trump administration has warned China that it would target Chinese banks, preventing them from accessing the worldwide dollar system, if Beijing didn't curb North Korean revenue flows.
The Citigroup representative added: "Not only is the North Korean leader in the process of testing his nuclear weapons (Nuclear - No), scoring the sixth this year but also Donald Trump changes the United States foreign and security policy in a way I have not seen before".