Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea 'test fires ballistic missile' off west coast

North Korea has previously attempted at least nine missile launches on six occasions since US President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January.

The launch, if it is confirmed to be test-firing of a ballistic missile, is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight.

North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that flew about 700 kilometers (435 miles), South Korea's military said, a possible response to the election four days ago of a new South Korean president and as U.S., Japanese and European militaries gather for war games in the Pacific.

North Korea's past long-range satellite launches have been called clandestine tests of ICBM technology, but it is not believed to have tested a true intercontinental ballistic missile yet.

South Korea says rival North Korea has launched a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile.

US officials have confirmed the launch and stated that they are still assessing whether the missile launch by Kim Jong-un was successful or not.

This is the first provocative move from North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office.

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Choe Son Hui made the comment to reporters in Beijing as she was travelling from Norway back to North Korea, Yonhap said.

President Donald Trump opened the door this month to talks, saying he would be "honored" to meet Kim Jong-Un.

In a sign of America's growing concern abut the North, the Central Intelligence Agency talked about its establishment of an integrated Korean Mission Center.

Despite multiple warnings from China and Japan, Kim Jong-un has reportedly shown that he is not going to take the diplomatic path to resolve the issues.

"If Moon tries to reopen the industrial park, it will violate the United Nations resolution on North Korea, which required severing all economic aids that may provide financial support to its nuclear arms programs", Kim said.

Now many are wondering if today's missile test is the same one that Mr. Choe II was talking about in his interview.

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