Korea says ballistic missile test successful

Otis Hoffman
May 31, 2017

The launch on Sunday landed in the East Sea, which is also known as the Sea of Japan, and is just the latest in a series of missile tests in recent months.

The launch comes in fresh defiance of tough talk from US President Donald Trump, who promised Friday that the "big problem" of North Korea "will be solved".

South Korean and Japanese officials said the suspected Scud-type short-range missile flew about 280 miles on Monday morning before landing in Japan's maritime economic zone.

"As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the global community", Prime Minister Abe told reporters in a televised comment, as cited by Reuters.

Within days the United States proposed to China that the Security Council strengthen sanctions on North Korea over its repeated ballistic missile launches.

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Abe said a "firm protest" was lodged with North Korea and the country would take action with "together with the US".

The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said.

Outside analysts believe North Korea may be able to arm some of its shorter-range missiles with nuclear warheads, though the exact state of the North's secretive weapons program is unknown.

USA and South Korean militaries announced yesterday that they had detected a missile launch from near Wonsan, Gangwon Province, early on Monday morning.

The Pentagon said the test of its interceptor system is not exclusively about North Korea, and the test is aimed at being able to challenge any threatening intercontinental ballistic missile, including possibly from Iran in the future.

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Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency said today that following the successful testing of a ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system yesterday, Kim Jong-un had ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons. US officials say the test was previously planned.

"We hope that related parties can remain calm and restrained, ease the tension on the peninsula, and bring the peninsula issue into the right track of peaceful dialogue again", the Chinese foreign ministry said.

The test was planned in response to what are regarded as provocations by North Korea, which, as of last week, has carried out three missile tests in three weeks.

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