N. Korea says ballistic missile test successful: state media

31 May, 2017, 06:36 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe center answers to a reporter's question about North Korea's missile launch at his official residence in Tokyo Monday morning

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swiftly condemned the test - the second time this year that a North Korean missile has fallen close to its shores - vowing concerted action with the US.

On Monday, following the news of the latest North Korean missile test, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to add his voice to the condemnation already expressed by South Korean and Japanese leaders. It flew 450km towards Japan, according to South Korean military officials, with the government in Tokyo saying it may have reached waters in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The U.S. military is conducting a flight test today to exercise the ground-based mid-course defense element of the nation's ballistic missile defense system, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Monday's launch marked North Korea's ninth missile test this year and the third since the launch of the Moon administration on May 10.

The accuracy claims, if true, would represent a potentially significant advancement in North Korea's missile program.

US and South Korean militaries announced yesterday that they had detected a missile launch from near Wonsan, Gangwon Province, early on Monday morning.

The North Korean supremo also ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, official KCNA news agency reported Tuesday.

The ministry said North Korea's 12 ballistic missile launches since the beginning of the year constitute a clear testament to its persistent lack of respect for its worldwide obligations and norms of behavior.

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"The ballistic rocket flew toward the east sky where the day broke and correctly hit a planned target point with deviation of seven metres after flying over the middle shooting range", South Korean news agency Yonhap said, quoting a report from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The current tensions between North Korea and the USA were increased on Monday when Kim Jong-un conducted yet another test of a ballistic missile.

While the United States administration works to solidify a policy to deal with North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the new liberal president of South Korea has signalled he will be flexible in expanding civilian exchange with the North.

"This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea".

Bennett said the frequency of Kim's missile testing may indicate some instability in North Korea, perhaps some discontent with the regime from North Korean elites.

He said, "Bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we're not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means".

The U.S. Pacific Command says the launch came near the town of Wonsan on North Korea's east coast.

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