NKorea fires apparent Scud-type missile into eastern waters

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2017

A spokesman for South Korea's military said the missile reached an altitude of 120km, and "an analysis is under way on the specific number" of missiles fired, indicating that more than one could have been launched.

Last week, KCNA announced that the country's leader Kim Jong-un had overseen the test-launch of a Pukguksong (Polaris)-2 ground-to-ground missile and "approved the deployment of this weapon system for action".

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone in the sea.

"The North American Aerospace Defense Command assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America", the Hawaii-based command said in an emailed statement.

"It is estimated to be a Scud type [missile]", said a statement, noting that the missile was in the air for about 450 kilometers.

They urged the North to "immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and abandon all nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner".

US officials are aware of the launch and "the President has been briefed", a spokesman for the National Security Council said.

Tensions between North Korea and the west have ramped up with the USA sending its third aircraft carried-led strike group close to the Korean peninsula.

Abe said he would closely cooperate with the worldwide community on the latest provocation, including the United States and South Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed action along with other nations to deter Pyongyang's repeated provocations.

North Korea launched what appears to be a short range SCUD missile that flew about 280 miles into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, according to the South Korean military and USA officials. Remember, Mr. Moon Jae-in is a president who has pledged that he's pro-engagement, pro-dialogue with North Korea.

If the projectile is confirmed to be a ballistic missile, it would be the communist nation's ninth missile test this year.

Observers say the tests indicate the North is making progress towards missiles capable of carrying warheads. North Korea has also said that it would not abandon its missile and nuclear programs unless the USA ended its hostility toward Pyongyang.

U.S. President Donald Trump has alternated in his public statements between bellicosity and flattery.

The United States has said it was looking at discussing with China a new U.N. Security Council resolution and that Beijing, Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally and neighbor, realizes time was limited to rein in the North's weapons program through negotiations.

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