said it has successfully tested the Pukguksong-2 intermediate range
ballistic missile, after it was detected landing off Japan’s east
coast, causing no damage. The nuclear-capable missile was launched
just one week after the previous test by North Korea.
Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally supervised the test of the new
missile, which the KCNA state news agency said verified the
reliability of the late-stage guidance system of the nuclear warhead
and tested its solid-fuel engine, Reuters reported.
the US and Japan confirmed that North Korea fired a missile just one
week after it launched its Hwasong-12 rocket.
US mainland and the Pacific operational theater are within the strike
range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for
annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state agency KCNA
said in its announcement of the test, as cited by Reuters.
ballistic missile reached an altitude of about 560km (348 miles),
according to a South Korean military official. An earlier Reuters
report suggested that the missile flew about 500km and landed outside
Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Korean military officials said it was a solid-fuel rocket, in
contrast to last week’s liquid-fuel test rocket. Solid-fuel
rockets, such as those used in previous submarine-launched tests, are
considered more complex to design and operate, but are more stable,
and offer greater long-term military capability.
White House said that the rocket had a shorter range than those fired
during the three recent tests.
are aware that North Korea launched a [medium-range ballistic
missile]. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range
than the missiles launched in North Korea’s three most recent
tests,” a White House official said, as cited by Reuters.
ongoing testing is disappointing, disturbing and we ask that they
cease that,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an
interview with Fox News.
has already condemned the launch, describing it as an “intolerable”
move, clearly violating UN Security Council resolutions.
will not tolerate North Korea’s “repeated acts of provocation,”
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference later
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday that he wants to address the
North Korean missile launches at the G7 summit in Italy later this
would like to have a thorough discussion about this at the G7
summit,” Abe told reporters after a meeting of the National
Security Council, according to Reuters.
added that it is crucial to cooperate with Russia and China in
dealing with the issue of North Korea’s missile tests.
Korea and Japan, Pyongyang’s immediate neighbors, have set up
urgent meetings of their respective security councils, according to
media in both states.
Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said the country’s
military and the US were conducting a thorough analysis of the
launch, according to Reuters.
states also condemned the incident, with the German Foreign Ministry
releasing a statement that said that “the international community
mustn’t and won’t get used to tests like these.”
test comes a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new
type of ballistic missile capable of delivering a full-size nuclear
Korea impasse unchanged: More military posturing, sanctions to come'
Monday, the UN Security Council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no
such tests again, stating it was crucial that North Korea
“immediately show sincere commitment to denuclearization through
week’s test involved what Pyongyang said was a long-range ballistic
missile. The rocket reportedly covered a distance of 700km, with an
altitude reported by some media outlets to be up to 2,000km, before
falling into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese
Korea nervous over existential threat’
Korea wants to continue to attract global attention, it wants to
continue to exert pressure on the US and on South Korea. It is
preparing itself to achieve the ultimate objective of being able to
attack the US with nuclear long-range missiles,” political
scientist Joseph Cheng told RT via video link from Hong Kong.
“However, it seems to be exercising a little bit of self-restrain
as nuclear tests at this stage are seen to be too provocative at the
Andrew Leung believes that the latest test should not lead to a
further escalation of hostilities, but must result in a fundamental
attitude change towards Pyongyang.
North Korean regime is getting nervous, because what they fear is
that there is an international plot led by the US to overthrow the
regime – and that is a complete existential threat,” Leung said
to RT. “Threatening North Korea will only provoke it further, what
it needs is long-term assurance of non-regime change, and a
verifiable denuclearization program. But it is more important to lift
some of the sanctions, and give economic aid to transform the North
Korea Doesn't Fear US Threat
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Korea launches yet another Ballistic missile. Seems Kim Jung Un has
no fear of the US. Sanctions on Syria effect children really badly