Australia is aware North Korea may use the anniversary of the end of the Korean War to fire another test missile.
"The apparent success of the July Fourth test is an alarming development as North Korea accelerates its pursuit of being able to hold the United States at risk with nuclear weapons", Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said after the classified briefing, "I have grown increasingly alarmed that North Korea is acting with a greater sense of urgency than we are".
It was confirmed that launch was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), capable of reaching the northern most reaches of Australia as well as North America.
US analysts predict this milestone could be reached, beginning with new tests expected to take place within days, perhaps as early as Thursday, a North Korean national holiday marking the end of the Korean War.
The United States, along with its ally China, is reportedly making progress with its discussion with North Korea in imposing new United Nations sanctions due to its missile test, but the engagement of Russian Federation will be true test as stated by United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.
The armistice left South and North Korea technically in a state of war. Go said the Kim Jong Un government could divert about $300 million from its nuclear program to import food to make up for any drought shortages.
"We should have slowed down", said Bogdanov, who's organized nine trips since May between Russia's far east port of Vladivostok and Rajin in North Korea's Rason special economic zone. But the North has not shown any response to Seoul's proposal.
"There's much more that China can do, and that's why we've been supporting the United States in calling on China to review its sanctions".
"If they really wanted to fill the gap by importing food from outside, they could spend that amount of money easily, but they don't do it because they can always have access to the NGOs (nongovernment organizations) and worldwide organizations ready to provide them with free food assistance", Go said.
Liu noted that previous resolutions referred to ballistic missiles "without going into further categorization of the missiles". On July 27, 1953, North Korea, China, and the United Nations signed an armistice suspending all hostilities, the document says.
US officials have also detected signs that North Korea is making final preparations for testing a new reentry vehicle, perhaps as early as Thursday.
"We just hope that the other relevant parties will be forthcoming because we don't see any alternative", he said.