North Korea Tests Missile That Comes Dangerously Close to Russian Federation

by Linda Olson May 16, 2017, 9:24

David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile could have a range of 4,500 kilometers (about 2,800 miles) if flown on a standard, instead of lofted, trajectory - considerably longer than North Korea's current missiles.

38 North says US cities aren't at risk today because the full missile system needed to reach them has yet to be tested (this includes re-entry technology needed to return a warhead back into the atmosphere from space). Tokyo said the flight pattern could indicate a new type of missile.

The US military's Pacific Command said the type of missile fired was "not consistent" with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), according to Reuters reports. Tensions heightened in the Korean Peninsula in recent weeks amid speculation Pyongyang may conduct its sixth nuclear test sometime soon while the North's leader continued to threaten neighboring South and the US with its series of missile tests, some of which had recently failed.

Some South Korean media are saying the North staged the latest launch in a bid to strengthen its hand, as the 2 countries are expected to begin dialogue in the near future.

Moon, according to his office, called the launch a "clear violation" of U.N. Security Council resolutions. On Monday, South Korea's unification ministry warned North Korea to not miscalculate the situation.

In a unanimously agreed statement, the 15-member council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions". The distance to Hawaii, headquarters for US military operations in the Pacific, is 7,400 km.

"This system has the ability to defeat North Korean missiles and clearly". No date has been set, but a USA delegation planned to meet with South Korean officials Monday in Seoul to lay the groundwork for the meeting, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The missile, called the Hwasong-12, launched at a steep angle from a site northwest of Pyongyang, reached an altitude of 1,242 miles and traveled about 435 miles, landing in the Sea of Japan.

North Korea's official Korean- Central News Agency (KCNA) called the missile a "new ground-toground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket", and said the "Hwasong-12" was "capable of carrying a large, heavy nuclear warhead".

The test "represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", John Schilling, an aerospace expert, said in an analysis on the US -based 38 North website.

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China is under pressure to take stronger measures to persuade its communist ally to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council vowed strong measures in response to Pyongyang's "highly destabilizing behavior" and demanded a halt to "further nuclear and ballistic missiles tests".

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - North Korea's latest ballistic missile test may be almost as big a deal as its propaganda machine claims. That could strike US military bases in Guam. He said Sunday's launch - the seventh such firing by North Korea this year - may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fueled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

Kim Jong Un has stepped up the pace of the weapons program since taking over in 2011 after his father, Kim Jong Il, died of a heart attack.

Beijing has cited United Nations resolutions for all of its measures against North Korea.

"With this launch appearing to be successful, Kim Jong Un's overall missile test record is 59 successful, 17 failures".

US President Donald Trump's administration has made North Korea a priority security issue.

Trump has advocated for a diplomatic solution to the uptick in North Korean aggravations, but he said last month that he would not rule out a major conflict with North Korea.

Outsiders express more skepticism about North Korea's nuclear warhead claims.

"There are no excuses that justify N. Korea's actions", Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted. But there have been low-level contacts. I think this was a message to South Korea after the election.


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