North Korea tested missile capable of reaching US

Gladys Abbott
May 17, 2017

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", the council said, using the official name for the North. Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the Trump administration's most urgent foreign policy worries, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy.

"I don't know what North Korea is thinking of, they're so insane", she said, adding that the forum was a "chance for China to get more control of this kind of worldwide affairs".

"North Korea's pursuit of nuclear technology has impaired its own security as well as the region's, and it has also jeopardized China's national security", the paper said in an editorial this month.

The UN Security Council will hold closed consultations about the launch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the UN Mission for Uruguay, which holds the council presidency this month.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missile landed 97km south of Russia's Vladivostok region, prompting the White House to reference Moscow in a statement about the incident.

Russia, however, said the missile fell 500 km from its coast. Each new nuclear and longer-range missile test is part of the North's attempt to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

"The president said while South Korea remains open to the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, it is only possible when the North shows a change in attitude", Yoon Young-chan, Moon's press secretary, told a briefing.

The North Korean news agency KCNA has reported that Kim warned the United States should not misjudge the reality that its mainland is in the North's "sighting range for strike". If launched on a maximum trajectory, the latest missile could have flown about 4,500 kilometres, within range of the USA military base at Guam, according to aerospace engineer John Schilling.

The launch is also the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday.

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The North's state media said on Saturday that the nation will bolster its nuclear capability unless the United States abandons its hostile policy.

However, the US military's Pacific Command said the type of missile that was sacked was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile".

Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile launches previous year, drawing strong condemnation from the global community.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the launch was "absolutely unacceptable" and that Japan will respond resolutely.

The White House said yesterday that the missile came down "so close to Russian soil... the president (Donald Trump) can not imagine that Russia is pleased".

"It's a serious problem for global stability and security, and I'm convinced that the upcoming G-7, in friendship, will contribute to resolving this issue", he said in Beijing.

The launch came as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather near Guam for drills that are partly a message to North Korea.

The nose cone resembles that of the KN-08 ICBM the North is believed to be developing, and the lofted trajectory tests re-entry by putting the missile through extra stress, said Joshua Pollack of the USA -based Nonproliferation Review. The militaries of Japan and South Korean have increased their presence on the Korean peninsula.

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