dglobalnews.com North Korea fired medium-range ballistic missile
Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

North Korea fired medium-range ballistic missile

South Korea's foreign ministry also condemned the launch as a blunt challenge to a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions targeting North Korea's nuclear and missile program.

North Korea fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, on Wednesday morning, US and South Korean officials said.

The U.S. and South Korean militaries said initial assessments indicated the launch was of a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile, which would be the same kind North Korea test-launched in February.

The extended-range Scud missile suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to USA imagery and assessments, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the launch publicly.

"The military is keeping a close watch over North Korea's provocative moves and maintaining a high defense posture", it said.

Incidentally, the missile testing comes ahead of a scheduled meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, The Hill reported.

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North Korea has reportedly fired a ballistic missile on Tuesday and went into waters off the peninsula. -South Korea military drills. -China summit in Florida, Trump had threatened to use crucial trade ties with China to pressure Beijing into more action on North Korea. The two are likely to discuss how to reign in Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

"I've joked before that they don't mind being hated, but they definitely hate to be ignored", Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Honolulu, said after Wednesday's launch.

North Korea's state media have said the world will soon witness what they called "eventful successes" in the country's space development. "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will". According to Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling party, new kinds of strategic weapons will soar if the United States and South Korea will continue the annual war drills, Yonhap News reported. While submarines are a stealthy way to do that, North Korea doesn't have enough of them.

Since then, North Korea has further ramped up its tests and rhetoric, emphasizing a consistent message: To create a nuclear device small enough to mount on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and fire it at the United States. The nation agreed with the US that year to extend the maximum range of its missiles from 185 miles.

Pyongyang tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile in February, which it later said was an upgraded, extended-range version of its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile flew about 60 kilometres (37 miles). "The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America". Earlier in March, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles), with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone.

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