Seoul says North Korea fires an unidentified projectile

Joanna Estrada
May 21, 2017

North Korea has accused the United Nations and the USA of "double dealing" for condemning Pyongyang's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests, a media report said on Sunday.

North Korea's propaganda outlet Uriminjokkiri TV filed the footage containing testimony from what it insists is a terrorist and pieces of evidence about an alleged terror attempt against Kim.

Altitude was key to the test a week earlier, which analysts called North Korea's most successful ever in its quest to develop ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

"If the UNSC does not call the United States to account for its aggressive and provocative large-scale joint military exercises and ICBM launches, the DPRK will never recognise any UNSC "resolution" taken over the DPRK's ballistic rocket launches but continue to disclose the absurdity of the UN "sanction resolutions", Kim said.

Joseph Dempsey, a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, said on Twitter that Sunday's test was from the same area as the February test.

10am BST: The missile flew about 310 miles (500 kilometres) and is believed to have landed in waters off its east coast, South Korea's military said.

Update: This article was amended at 1920 KST to include a statement from PACOM North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) from the country's northwest on Sunday afternoon local time, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) confirmed on Sunday. "U.S".

BST: Japan strongly protested to North Korea about the ballistic missile launch as Tokyo can not tolerate its repeated acts of provocation, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wants to raise the issue of North Korean missile launches at the G7 summit in Italy. "This is serious. These threats are not welcome", Haley told reporters ahead of the meeting.

South Korea's foreign ministry condemned the missile launch as "reckless and irresponsible", dashing the new South Korean government's hopes for peace.

The North says it needs missiles and nuclear weapons to deter any attack by the United States.

North Korea's military may be armed with outdated weapons, yet with 1.2 million men, the North Korean army poses a very real threat to South Korea, according to Fox News.

North Korea is known to be developing both nuclear weapons - it has conducted five nuclear tests - and the missiles capable of delivering those weapons to their target.

President Donald Trump is looking to both China and Russian Federation, the two permanent members on the Security Council that have historically been most sympathetic to North Korea, to join the US -backed campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure on the North to get it to denuclearize. Last week's missile travelled about 700km.

"Many more "Juche weapons" capable of striking the USA will be launched from this land".

The May 14 test reached an altitude of more than 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles), according to North Korea.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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