North Korea's missile launch fail

Frederick Owens
April 19, 2017

A North Korean missile "blew up nearly immediately" on its test launch on Sunday, the U.S. Pacific Command said, hours before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was due in South Korea for talks on the North's increasingly defiant arms programme.

North Korea conducted two nuclear a year ago alone, advancing its goal to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

"The missile blew up nearly immediately".

China's state broadcaster CCTV announced on Friday that Air China-the only foreign carrier operating commercial flights into North Korea-would suspend services to Pyongyang from next week.

But it is also meant to send an unmistakable message to Washington about the isolated, nuclear-armed North's military might.

Japan's foreign minister says his country needs to remain on alert over North Korea even after this weekend's celebrations.

The official said that had it been a nuclear test, "other actions would have been taken by the U.S". He has repeatedly said if China, North Korea's dominant trading partner, is unwilling to do more to pressure the North, the USA might take the matter into its own hands.

A U.S. Navy attack on a Syrian airfield this month with Tomahawk missiles raised questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for reclusive North Korea, which has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions, regularly threatening to destroy the United States.

A senior North Korean government official says the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at an enormous parade celebrating the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

Moreover, the North has taken the recent deployment of a US naval strike group to the region as grounds for its continued testing of nuclear and missile weapons technologies. Third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un watched in delight from a podium.

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The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target USA troops in Asia and, eventually, the US mainland.

Soldiers hold their weapons as they ride on a truck with rocket launcher past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang October 10, 2015.

"The fact is, this regime is never going to voluntarily give up nuclear weapons, they're the ace in the hole", he said.

"Actually what our objectives should be and what we need to do is explain to China that it's in their interest (to see North Korean regime collapse), despite years of policy to the contrary".

Korean People's Army (KPA) tanks are displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. North Korea was widely expected to conduct its sixth nuclear test, which did not occur.

"The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from near the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have failed", South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

A series of what appeared to be KN-08 missiles were among the weapons rolled out on trucks.

American intelligence officials have reportedly said the United States is ready to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea if it is sure Pyongyang is about to stage another nuclear weapons test. Analysts said the tubes appeared to have been designed for two other kinds of long-range ballistic missiles. Military analysts say the missiles could one day be capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States, although the North has yet to flight test them.

"China is ready to coordinate closely with Russia to help cool down as quickly as possible the situation on the peninsula and encourage the parties concerned to resume dialogue", Wang told Lavrov, referring to the stalled six-party talks on the North's nuclear program that includes Russia, China and the United States.

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