North Korea fires ballistic missile into its eastern waters

Trevor Jackson
April 8, 2017

Any launch of objects using the ballistic missile technology is a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions but the North has defied the ban as infringement of its sovereign rights to self defence and the pursuit of space exploration. And China, North Korea's most important ally and only financial backer, has pursued an increasingly successful modernisation policy. It gave no further details like exactly what type of missile the North launched. FILE - In this March 14, 2017 file photo, a U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter approaches the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle betwe.

"The President emphasised that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose", the White House said in a readout of the telephonic conversation between the two leaders.

On Wednesday, it fired a newly developed missile into the sea, this time on the eve of the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

North Korea on Wednesday launched a ballistic missile, which flew for some 60 km before falling into the Sea of Japan, the South Korean military said.

The security chiefs of South Korea and the United States on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest missile test and agreed to craft a strong response to its provocations, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

But unlike the KN-15, which uses solid fuel, the missile fired Wednesday used liquid fuel and was sacked from a fixed location, rather than a mobile launcher, the official said.

The US Pacific Command said it detected and tracked what it assessed as North Korean missile launched from land near the eastern coastal city of Sinpo.

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North Korea called that test a success, but some outside analysts said it might test the weapon again before deploying it.

"The whole thing is about expanding their deterrence and continuing to keep upgrading their missiles to deliver nuclear warheads", Kim said.

From a year ago, North Korea took the rare step of publicizing images of its missile equipment tests, convincing analysts that Pyongyang's banned program was further along toward successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile than first thought. The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts Thursday, he said.

"This administration wants to see them act, and I think they're going to pressure them to do that", she said.

The North's latest launch came as outside satellite imagery show possible preparations for a new nuclear test at the North's main nuclear test site, such as communication cables used to initiate a test and collect data being already laid.

And now, experts agree, North Korea is closing in on the ability to hit the United States with a missile, a goal that for decades has been the subject of Pyongyang's vivid propaganda posters.

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