Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Hwasong-12: North Korea's new missile has a terrifying range

Hwasong-12: North Korea's new missile has a terrifying range

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

North Korea claimed the missile was created to carry a large-size nuclear warhead.

The AP also reports that, according to state media, Kim warned, "the US should not ... disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in (North Korea's) sighting range for strike".

North Korea has in the past year stepped up its ballistic missile tests, firing dozens of various types of rockets, according to South Korea.

A South Korean government minister has said North Korea's missile program is progressing faster than expected, just hours after the UN Security Council demanded the reclusive country to halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Haley said Russian Federation also is "concerned", especially since the missile hit relatively close to home.

Russian President Vladimir Putin came forward, Monday morning, also condemning the attack, but warned others against "intimidating" North Korea's capital.

Speaking in Beijing on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, Putin called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Russia's Sputnik news agency reported.

With the ability to strike Guam, the North may now have the means to strike most major US strategic assets in East Asia and the western Pacific.

The UN statement also condemned an April 28 ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang.

The White House called for tougher sanctions on the North.

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If discussions could be arranged, it would mark the first significant development in diplomacy with North Korea since the nation pulled out of six-party talks in 2009. "We are opposed to that and believe this is counterproductive, harmful and unsafe", he emphasized.

"While Russia is concerned about North Korea and its missiles, it also sees North Korea as an opportunity to gain leverage with the West, the U.S. in particular", said Matthew Chance, CNN's Moscow correspondent.

It was "plausible that they have made a compact warhead after five nuclear tests", Hanham told AFP, but KCNA's phrasing was "interesting but vague".

"Given speculation over the past months about the possibility of military action by the Trump administration to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring such a weapons, the possible testing of ICBM subsystems in this low-key manner may be a North Korean hedge against the possibility of such action", he wrote in an article for 38 North, an independent research site.

But in comments that appeared aimed at the USA, he said that "intimidating the DPRK is unacceptable", using an acronym of North Korea. Hawaii is roughly 7,000 km from North Korea.

There is also little reason to believe that either the North Koreans or the Chinese would find such an ultimatum particularly credible given the likely costs and consequences, the opposition of key allies, and Trump's growing record of abandoning major policy commitments.

Korea Monday celebrated the launch, confirming the missile was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".

"If Russia can be instrumental in resolving a key global dispute like North Korea, they will want to parry that into something else, to use it as a bargaining chip", Chance said.

The launch is a test for South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, with barely a week on the job.

North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long.

Pyongyang says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion. The US has sent warships and submarines to waters off the Korean Peninsula, engaged in drills with South Korean and Japanese forces, and has pushed for stronger economic sanctions on Pyongyang.

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