In testing missile, N. Korea challenges South's new leader

Claudine Rigal
Mai 15, 2017

Ambassador Haley said the launch was not the way for North Korea to earn a meeting with Trump, who has said he would be "honored" to meet Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

He said Sunday's launch may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fuelled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade. "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil-in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan-the President can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the White House said, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump. Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.

"I don't know what North Korea is thinking of, they're so insane", she said, adding that the forum was a "chance for China to get more control of this kind of worldwide affairs".

The missile traveled for about 30 minutes from Kusong, landing in the Sea of Japan.

He pointed to worsening relations between Beijing and Pyongyang as the US has increased pressure on China to act to reign in North Korea's nuclear program. Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be of a new type.

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu also slammed the missile test in a statement and labelled the North's move as "a new flagrant breach of a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions", constituting "a threat to global peace and security".

It's unclear why North Korea would fire a missile so close to Russian Federation.

Kim is trying to flawless launching a missile so it can carry a nuclear weapon, which North Korea is also trying to build.

Zhao said that while Pyongyang may not have timed the launch to insult China, the fact that the country went ahead with it regardless showed a lack of concern for potentially angering Beijing. But if it was sacked at a standard trajectory, it would have a range of at least 4,000 km (2,500 miles), experts said.

Experts quoted by Reuters say the altitude meant the missile was launched at a high trajectory, limiting the lateral distance it travelled. The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.

The launch will also complicate Moon's efforts to mend ties with China that have been strained by a decision by South Korea's former government to deploy a USA anti-missile defence system aimed at defending against North Korea, but which China sees as a threat to its security. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he and his South Korean counterpart agreed that "dialogue for dialogue's sake with North Korea is meaningless".

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was sacked early Sunday morning from near Kusong, in North Phyongan province.

While Sunday's missile was far from that, Tsinghua's Zhao said it appeared to use a lofted trajectory indicating a potential range greater than previously tested weapons.

"The United States should never expect us to give up our nuclear capability", the main Rodong newspaper said in a commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency. "And we're going to continue, whether it's sanctions, whether it's press statements, anything that we have to do".

"There are no excuses that justify N. Korea's actions", Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted.

The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft supercarrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

The escalating tensions came the day after a top North Korean diplomat said Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set". She did not elaborate.

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