U.N. chief condemns North Korea launch of possible long-range missile

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned on Friday North Korea's launch of a "ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range," his spokesman said in a statement.

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that the Pentagon and South Korea military assessed as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). U.S. and South Korean military officials began discussing military options.

A Russian Defence Ministry official said Moscow's data indicated Friday's missile was only a medium-range ballistic missile, Russian news agency Tass reported. 

Diplomats say China and Russia only view a long-range missile test or nuclear weapon test as a trigger for further possible U.N. sanctions.