North Korean media boast successful ballistic missile launch

31 May, 2017, 06:35 | Author: Rachel Hardy

The country's leader Kim Jong Un, who attended the test, ordered to focus on "developing powerful strategic weapons on the basis of the achieved success".

North Korea also claimed to have fired Monday's rocket from a new tracked, self-propeled vehicle, which, if true, would give Pyongyang the ability to launch missiles far quicker than compared to its previous systems.

Hours later, Trump tweeted that North Korea had shown "great disrespect" for its neighbour, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile.

This launch of a suspected Scud-type missile, which the South Korean military said flew about 280 miles, may also be an attempt to demonstrate North Korea's ability to strike us and South Korean troops in the region.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from the worldwide society is absolutely unacceptable". "We will never tolerate North Korea's continued provocations that ignore repeated warnings by the global community", Abe told reporters.

February 12: North Korea tests a new midrange ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2. North Korea's state media earlier accused the U.S. of staging a drill to practice dropping nuclear bombs on the Korean Peninsula.

US Pacific Command released a statement claiming that it will continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely, adding that it is working on a more detailed assessment of the launch.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un supervised the launch of the "new-type precision guided ballistic rocket" - the third missile test by the nuclear-armed regime in less than three weeks and carried out in defiance of United Nations sanctions warnings and U.S. threats of possible military action.

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"As North Korea demonstrated a year ago with its tests of the Musudan missiles, one successful launch after a series of failures does not mean that the missile will always work thereafter".

The U.S. military on Tuesday successfully intercepted an intercontinental-range missile for the first time, a key test of its missile-defense system amid heightening tensions with North Korea.

Florence Looi, reporting from Seoul, said North Korea accused the United States and South Korea of military provocation and said this would bring the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said missile had a flight range of about 450 kilometres.

Along with the threat of more sanctions, the US has sent a naval force off the Korean peninsula and held joint military exercises with South Korea as warnings.

May 21: North Korea again tests the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2.

"But the bottom line is, it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat, if we're not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means".

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