Pyongyang tested what it called a 'super-large' rocket on Wednesday just hours after it said it was willing to resume working-level talks with Washington.
While the North could face international condemnation over the latest launches, it's unlikely that the nation, already under 11 rounds of UN sanctions, will be hit with fresh punitive measures.
South Korea's Defense Minister called on the international community to assure North Korea that the decision to denuclearize is indeed the right decision.
The US Congress reached an agreement to impose new sanctions on Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and its actions in Ukraine.
The US Missile Defense Agency has said that it would soon test an anti-ballistic missile system, days after North Korea demonstrated its arsenal was capable of striking parts of Alaska.
Russian President Vladimir Putin today underlined the importance of staying calm in the North Korea crisis, saying nuclear-armed Pyongyang should be dealt with in a "pragmatic" manner.
The US military has faith that its high-tech defensive systems could fend off any attack from North Korea -- at least for now.
Without giving details of the resolution, Nikki Haley said if the international community is unified, it can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime.
Russia told the UN Security Council today that it opposed new sanctions against North Korea and that a military option was "inadmissible."
The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions last year to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang and deny leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his military programs.
Moon is due to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump tomorrow evening.
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today after North Korea said it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, diplomats said.
The Pentagon said that America's commitment to the defence of its allies in the region -- South Korea and Japan -- in the face of threats is "ironclad".
North Korea on Tuesday said it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, as its decades-long weapons programme reached a grave new phase.
The US military confirmed late Monday that North Korea had tested another missile.