dglobalnews.com North Korea's Latest Missile Never Even Made It Out of Korea
Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

North Korea's Latest Missile Never Even Made It Out of Korea

North Korea's Latest Missile Never Even Made It Out of Korea

Pyongyang on Saturday staged a new ballistic missile test, but the projectile apparently exploded just minutes after being launched, according to South Korean and United States military sources.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a briefing in Seoul that Monday's joint drill was conducted to deter provocations by the North and to test readiness against another potential nuclear test.

President Donald Trump said after North Korea's latest failed rocket launch that communist leader Kim Jong-Un eventually will develop better missiles, and "we can't allow it to happen". "But eventually, he'll have good missiles".

DICKERSON: The Chinese, our allies, have been allies with North Korea.

But, the President would not discuss the possibility of military action - saying "I don't know.we'll see" when asked if another missile launch by North Korea would mean retaliation. "I just don't want people to know what my thinking is", Trump maintained.

The test came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the United Nations that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to "catastrophic consequences".

"People are saying, "Is he sane?' I have no idea", Mr Trump told CBS" Face the Nation television show on Sunday.

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Seoul's presidential Blue House says White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has confirmed that the US won't be seeking South Korean money for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, now being installed in the country's south.

But South Korean officials said Sunday that the Trump administration has reaffirmed that the United States will pay for the missile defense battery, The New York Times reported.

It reportedly blew up just seconds after take-off, increasing speculation that the USA military has been causing North Korea's recent failed missile launches. A few residents were injured or fainted from the scuffle and were taken to a hospital.

It says that unless Washington ends its "hostile policy" and nuclear threats, North Korea "will continue to bolster its military capabilities for self-defense and pre-emptive nuclear attack" despite "manifold difficulties".

"If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy", said Trump.

The Blue House said in a statement Sunday that McMaster and South Korea's Director of National Security Kim Kwan Jin spoke on the phone and reaffirmed a previous bilateral deal on cost-bearing for the THAAD deployment. Japan's navy has dispatched its largest destroyer reportedly tasked with escorting US military ships off the Japanese coast amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

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