N.Korea missile program advancing faster than expected, warns South

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2017

KCNA said the new rocket was a "perfect weapon" which was "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

More significant, however, was that it flew higher and for longer than previous missiles.

North Korea's missile test on Sunday was the country's most successful yet, according to analysts, who say Pyongyang may now have a weapon capable of hitting a key USA military base in the Pacific.

Throughout Putin's comments on the matter, a theme seemed to persist - knocking the US and its allies' past actions towards North Korea. The report believes that the North Korea is trying to launch a missile of "Musudan" type which can be travel at least 2400 miles.

Will China fully enforce global sanctions on North Korea and back tough new penalties? Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the Trump administration's most urgent foreign policy worries, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Guterres had called on North Korea to fully comply with its worldwide obligations "and return to the path of denuclearization". It again demanded that Pyongyang conduct no further nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

France's United Nations ambassador says Security Council members are working on a resolution that would impose new sanctions against North Korea and strengthen enforcement of existing sanctions. The desperate attempts of United States, China, South Korea and Japan to stop the Tests of the missiles have ended up as void.

Kim witnessed the test and "hugged officials in the field of rocket research, saying that they worked hard to achieve a great thing", according to KCNA. The Hwasong-12 missile launched from the area of Kuson, northwestern Phyongan-bukto (North Pyongan) province covered a distance of 787 km, reaching an altitude of 2,111 km as reported by DPRK media reports and landing near the coast of Japan.

There's also a political victory for North Korea. Trump has feted Xi in hope of securing more pressure on the North, which counts on China for up to 90 percent of its trade.

Admiral Harry Harris, the top US commander in the Asia-Pacific, said continued missile launches by North Korea showed the importance of the alliance between Japan and the United States and called the North's actions unacceptable.

That is a higher altitude and longer flight time than any other missile the country has test-launched, according to several South Korean analysts reached by The Associated Press.

North Korea says the missile can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

As part of its effort to ramp up the defence against North Koreans, the United States has deployed THAAD or Theater High-Altitude Air Defence System which has the ability to defeat North Korean missiles.

Francois Delattre told reporters Monday that France favors "a strong, swift and firm reaction of the council" to North Korea's test on Sunday of a new longer-range ballistic missile, which he called "a serious threat to peace and security both in the region and the world".

Sunday's test missile flew 787 kilometers (489 miles) across North Korea and into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, according to state media, and it appeared to have struck near the eastern coast of Russian Federation.

However, the official added that they felt North Korea "had an expectation" of starting dialogue with the new South Korean administration.

Over the weekend, a senior North Korean official said direct talks with Washington were possible under the right circumstances, echoing a recent statement made by President Trump. "The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating".

Moon was part of the South's last liberal government almost a decade ago, which pursued a "Sunshine policy" of engagement with the North, and declared at his swearing-in that he would go to Pyongyang "in the right circumstances".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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