North Korea Fires Unidentified Projectile — S.Korea Military

Faith Castro
May 29, 2017

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday's missile had a flight range of about 450 kilometres (280 miles).

Just last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the United Nations Security Council that the era of letting North Korea call the shots was over.

The North Korean military also accused Seoul of flying a pilot-less drone into its territory on Saturday. The official said the U.S. has seen a "shift in emphasis" from China, amid Washington's calls to put pressure on Pyongyang.

A missile launched by North Korea has landed in the Sea of Japan, according to the Japanese Government.

"This launch is extremely problematic act for the safety of airplanes and ships and is clearly violating the United Nations resolution". "We will maintain high vigilance in coordination with South Korea and the worldwide community and take all possible measures to secure the safety of the people of Japan". In a separate statement, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff warned North Korea's repeated provocation would further deepen its worldwide isolation.

"We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely", the USA military said in the statement. "U.S".

South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-In, has ordered a meeting of the national security council to assess the launch, Yonhap reported.

Last week, the heads of the group of seven advanced countries agreed that North Korea "increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to worldwide peace and stability".

This launch is North Korea's third in three weeks and its 12th this year, underscoring Kim Jong Un's determination to advance his regime's technical capabilities and his continued defiance of the worldwide community.

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The United States has said it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea - but only if it halts its missile and nuclear tests.

According to KCNA, Kim told the Korean People's Army (KPA) officials and those at the academy that the weapon system's capability had been upgraded in terms of efficiency to detect and track targets, as well as strike accuracy.

Although the American cyber operations are thought to be a major reason that so many of North Korea's recent tests have result in failure, Washington has been unable to fully stop advancements in the missile program.

On May 21, Pyongyang sent a medium-range ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast.

North Korea is now the focus of US efforts because its leader, Kim Jong Un, has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American territory.

On Sunday, North Korean television broadcasted footage of a reported test of an anti-aircraft defense system.

President Trump was briefed about Monday's launch, a National Security Council spokesman said without elaborating. He added, "Those days must come to an end".

The Trump administration has yet to announce its intentions on missile defence.

Along with the threat of more sanctions, it has sent a naval force off the Korean peninsula and held joint military exercises with South Korea as warnings.

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