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

North Korea tests missile


The missile, which was described by Washington as medium-range, was sacked from Pukchang in South Pyongan province and travelled about 500 kilometres (310 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to the South's armed forces.

Its official, speaking from Saudi Arabia where President Donald Trump is on a visit, said: 'We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM.

North Korean state media said the test, watched by leader Kim Jong Un, verified technical aspects of the weapon system and examined its "adaptability under various battle conditions".

The state-run KCNA news agency said Monday that Kim Jong Un had expressed his "great satisfaction" over Sunday's test and suggested that the weapons should be "rapidly mass produced in a serial way to arm" his military.

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launch Monday and vowed to step up the pressure on Pyongyang in the face of its refusal to end banned weapons programs.

North Korea called that launch a success test of a missile that could carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

During a trip to South Korea earlier this year, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "all options are on the table" when it comes to handling threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

"We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate U.N. Security Council resolutions", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website on Tuesday.

North Korea has also said that it would not abandon its missile and nuclear programs unless the U.S. ended its hostility toward Pyongyang.

Kim said there's also a possibility that the North is conducting engine tests and other experiments as it pushes for the development of a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach the US mainland.

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But Liu said China "first and foremost" wants to see the six sanctions resolutions against North Korea already adopted by the council fully implemented.

On Sunday Pyongyang conducted what it said was a successful test of a medium-range ballistic missile.

'This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's three most recent tests'. Pyongyang said it launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, although US officials questioned the extent of its progress.

But he said the United States was in the early stages of applying economic and diplomatic pressure, and that perhaps North Korea was "acting out now in response to some of this pressure that I believe they're beginning to feel".

Mr Trump and the South Korean president Moon Jae-in have both warned that a major conflict with the North is possible.

There she goes! Supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un supervising the test launch.

The North Korean media also reported that Pyongyang would test more such missiles in near future, a move capable of starting WW3.

The Pukguksong (Polaris)-2 is a land-based version of a submarine-launched missile.

Tensions are mounting on the Korean peninsula Sunday morning after a mid-range missile launch by the North. Last week, North Korea successfully launched a KN-17 missile, which some experts said may one day may be capable of reaching Alaska or Hawaii.

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