Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

North Korea fires ballistic missile into its eastern waters

North Korea fires ballistic missile into its eastern waters

South Korea's foreign ministry also condemned the launch as a blunt challenge to a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions targeting North Korea's nuclear and missile program.

In his brief, nationally televised remarks, Abe said Trump had told him that all options were on the table regarding how to handle North Korea.

Additionally, the officials said they planned on pursuing a way to influence China - North Korea's closest ally - into restraining North Korea's ambitions.

The warning came from two senior White House officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, during the pivotal time when President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his estate in Florida later this week.

North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility. "That is all I am telling you". When conducting nuclear and missiles tests in recent years, it has cited what it calls increasing US military threats.

"This is a blunt challenge to a series of Security Council resolutions. and an act to threaten the peace and safety of the worldwide community as well as the Korean peninsula", South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement.

His comments, in an interview with the Financial Times, were interpreted as an effort to up the pressure on Beijing ahead of a summit on Thursday and Friday.

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Hyten disclosed Tuesday that North Korea's February 11 missile test demonstrated new capabilities, saying it "was a very important date because that's the date the North Koreans launched a new solid" fuel medium-range ballistic missile off a new mobile launcher. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said it saw no "certain link" between the missile launch and the summit, even as she called for restraint from all parties.

Dr Bong Young Shik of Yonsei University's Institute for North Korean Studies said the United States has made clear it will not soften its stance towards North Korea.

The only previous encounter between them in Pyongyang was a pro-unification match between the men's teams in 1990, when both used a flag showing the whole of the Korean peninsula and their respective anthems were not played.

The command says it believes the missile was a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile.

North Korea has carried out several SLBM tests near Sinpo.

The hardened US stance followed recent North Korean missile launches that Pyongyang described as practice for an attack on USA bases in Japan. But he also said the missile launch was hard to understand because North Korea benefits from the USA and China being at odds with one another. The United States, South Korea and others call North Korea's space program a cover for its long-range missile development program.

North Korea often responds to the drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric. The KN-15 missile tested in February flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles). On March 6, Pyongyang fired four medium-range ballistic missiles from Tongchang-ri region - near the border with China - toward the Sea of Japan, three of which fell in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

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