blasting from the United Nations Security Council but no new sanctions on North Korea. UN delegates slamming Pyongyang's latest missile launch at an emergency meeting, Tuesday night. But although they agreed the rocket flying over Japan was an outrage, further punishment isn't on the table for now.
Some diplomats say that could be down to the veto powers of Russia and China, which only view tests of long-range missiles or nuclear weapons as worthy of sanctions.>> There's no military solution to the issues plaguing the Korean Peninsula. We believe that all further Security Council resolutions on the DPRK must explicitly underscore that fact.
We must also preclude additional unilateral sanctions.>> Meanwhile, analysts are scratching their heads over the missile's shorter than usual range. Some say there would have been little to learn from a rocket that only traveled 1,600 miles. And with less of the usual bluster from state media, there's speculation that the engine may have been cut intentionally, or there was a mechanical problem.
Still, it's the first time Kim Jong-un has launched a rocket over Japan, and from a densely populated area near the capital. A sign, according to some experts, that North Korea was confident of the missile's stability. Others say it was simply an act of stubborn defiance from the supreme leader, who is not demanding more military exercises targeting the Pacific.