Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

NK rebukes UNSC's condemnation over its latest missile test

Just a day before the missile launch, North Korea said it had developed the capability to strike the USA mainland, although Western missile experts say the claim is exaggerated.

North Korea has disclosed a series of images of the Earth it says were taken by a camera carried aboard a ballistic missile during the country's latest test.

Beijing wants a denuclearized North Korea, but continues to temper its support for sanctions with maintaining regional stability and backing the Kim regime as a check against US and South Korean power in the region. "Pukguksong-2" medium range ballistic missile is capable of striking targets 500 km away.

The latest missile can not even hit Guam, about 2,100 miles away from North Korea.

The United Nations on Monday called on North Korea to put a stop to its ballistic missile tests following the latest launch at the weekend.

The launch was five hours after South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced his nominees for national security adviser and foreign minister.

An official from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff also said the missile appeared to be similar in range and apogee to the midrange missile that North Korea test-fired in February.

The tip of the spear would be pushing the 2nd Infantry Division, stationed near the South-North Korea border, into the fight, bringing with it a combat aviation brigade, a field artillery brigade, an armored brigade combat team and a chemical weapons battalion.

He warned that no option is off the table in dealing with the North's weapons program, although Washington has so far opted for sanctions and diplomatic pressure, while looking to China, the North's closest ally, to help rein in Pyongyang. Many more weapons capable of striking the US will be launched from this land.

Under third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been advancing its decades-long goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Pyongyang said the new missile was an "answer" to US President Donald Trump's policies.

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North Korea confirmed on Monday that it had "successfully" tested a solid-fuel ballistic missile that it claims is capable of reaching Japan and major USA military bases, according to state media.

The missile is based on is predecessor, the KN-11, a submarine-launched ballistic missile the North tested successfully last August.

The KCNA state news agency said the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2.

South Korea military said Monday the missile is a medium-range projectile but Pyongyang has yet to acquire the re-entry technology for ICBMs.

The U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile before it fell into the sea.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the ongoing testing is "disappointing" and "disturbing".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also condemned the launch, describing it as a challenge to the global community.

The DPRK refers to the abbreviation of North Korea's full name - the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "This is something which tramples on the global community's effort to resolve the matter peacefully and a challenge to the world".

The latest missile tested uses solid fuel that allows for immediate firing, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

South Korea fired warning shots Tuesday at a flying object that entered the country's airspace from North Korea across the Demilitarized Zone, Seoul's military said. The office did not give further details.

Solid-fueled missiles come loaded with fuel and can be launched quickly after they are moved to a launch site, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Mass.

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