North Korea army tests another ICBM, putting USA cities in range

Elias Hubbard
July 31, 2017

In an extended telephone summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on July 31 to urge China and Russian Federation to apply more pressure on North Korea following its latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

His initiative includes making the North giving up nuclear weapons while guaranteeing the security of the North's regime.

"That means we are going to have to make different decisions about things like casually talking about killing Kim Jong Un", Lewis said.

Mr Trump made the comments after North Korea said it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved its ability to strike America's mainland.

US President Donald Trump condemned the North's test of a second ICBM as a threat to the world, and in a statement described it as only the latest reckless and unsafe action by Pyongyang.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in presides over a contingent meeting of the National Security Council at 1 a.m. on Saturday over North Korea's ballistic missile launch at the dead of night.

"By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people", Mr Trump said in a statement.

Following the North Korean launch on Friday, Trump said he will take all steps needed to protect the USA and its allies in the region.

The Hwasong-14 missile fired by Pyongyang flew 998 km for about 47 minutes and reached a maximum altitude of 3,724.9 km before falling into the Sea of Japan.

"An additional Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the worldwide pressure on North Korea is of no value".

The South previously proposed holding military talks on easing border tensions on July 21 and Red Cross talks Tuesday to discuss the resumption of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Haley encouraged North Korea's Asian neighbors, including South Korea, China and Japan, to step up their efforts, underlining the issue was "not only a United States problem".

North Korea now has the capability to hit Los Angeles and other major American cities with ballistic missiles, experts claim.

Tillerson said Pyongyang's main ally Beijing, together with Moscow, bore responsibility for the growing threat from Pyongyang.

A spokesman for Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday that Dunford met at the Pentagon with the commander of US forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, to discuss USA military options in light of North Korea's missile test.

In a standard response to the test, Beijing urged restraint by all sides.

US Ambassador to the United Nations said China must decide if it is willing to back imposing stronger UN sanctions on North Korea. These actions along with sanctions and diplomacy have so far failed to deter North Korea, which is advancing its weapons program at an accelerate rate.

"China has paid the most diplomatic cost in dealing with its neighbor's nuclear issue", it said. "If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing".

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a news conference on Saturday Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the nuclear threat from the North.

On Friday, the Pentagon had said that it detected what it called a ballistic missile launch from North Korea.

The Pentagon, which earlier this week, warned that North Korea could have a nuclear-enabled ICBM as early as next year, said it detected the launch nearly immediately.

According to Japanese government sources, Trump asked Abe in detail about North Korea's missile development process.

But since Kim came to power there has been a series of technical advances, including three nuclear tests and a string of missile launches.

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