dglobalnews.com Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea
Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea

The KCNA state news agency quoted Kim as saying the Pukguksong-2 met all the required technical specifications so should now be mass-produced and deployed to the Korean People's Army strategic battle unit. While this might seem like just more saber-rattling from Pyongyang's leadership given the relatively continuous chain of test launches since President Donald Trump's inauguration (a total of 10 so far this year), this launch and the launch on May 13 carry a bit more weight. It says the programme is necessary to counter USA aggression.

The incursion came with tension already high on the Korean peninsula after the North's test-launch of a ballistic missile test on Sunday which Pyongyang said proved advances in its pursuit of building a nuclear-tipped weapon that can hit USA targets.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests past year. A similar meeting was held on May 16 in the wake of the North's missile test two days earlier.

Communications were severed by North Korea a year ago, Lee said, after new global sanctions were imposed in response to its fifth nuclear test and Pyongyang shut down a joint industrial zone.

South Korea's military said the missile flew about 500 km (310 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km (350 miles).

Following the May 16 Security Council meeting, North Korean Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong called a news conference to protest Security Council sanctions and vowed to continue developing its weapons programs unless the USA changes its policy toward the North.

The US-drafted statement was almost identical to one adopted last week after the launch of an intermediate-range missile that Pyongyang said was capable of carrying a "heavy" nuclear warhead.

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Japan's chief Cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said on Monday it was important to cut North Korea's foreign currency earnings and to block shipments and technology transfers that aid North Korea's nuclear missile development.

The rocket was sacked from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 310 miles, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Experts said that rocket flew higher and for a longer time than any other missile previously tested by North Korea and represents another big advance toward a viable ICBM.

He noted the Pukguksong-2's solid fuel is of particular concern.

Seoul also said the Pukguksong-2 missile used solid fuel, which is harder to produce than liquid fuel, but which is more stable and can be transported in the missile tank to allow for a swift launch.

Solid fuel missiles can be fired far more rapidly, dramatically shortening the time available for any attempt to intervene and prevent a launch.

David Wright, an expert on North Korea's missiles and nuclear program with the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the latest missile could have flown farther but was sacked on a "lofted" trajectory, which sends the missile high up so that it will land in the open seas rather than flying over or splashing down near neighboring countries. That makes them easier to spot and easier to destroy.

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