Published: Mon, May 01, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

North Korean missile test failed, U.S. military says

The THAAD is meant to protect targets in the area around Korea from North Korean missiles, though its effectiveness in actual situations is seen by most experts as extremely limited, and the it would be of little use if the United States did launch a full-scale war against North Korea, as most retaliation would be artillery, not missiles.

He said the United States "is wholly to blame for pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war by staging the largest-ever joint aggression military drills against the DPRK for the past two months" and deploying "nuclear strategic assets" to South Korea.

"North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today".

North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador has said USA efforts to get rid of his country's nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are "a wild dream".

North Korea has been "provocative all along", US Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland said when asked whether the missile test was provocative.

North Korea is believed to be refining the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental missile which could potentially reach U.S. targets.

Italian UN ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, who heads the UN committee that could sanction North Korea, said he hoped Pyongyang would "refrain from any other further escalation".

The United States is ready to impose sanctions on third countries where companies or individuals are found to have helped North Korea's military programmes, he said.

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the North Koreans had probably tested a medium-range missile known as a KN-17 and it appeared to have broken up within minutes of taking off. The missile launch comes amid high tensions in the Korean peninsula.

The dispatch of Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean peninsula is a "reckless action of the war maniacs aimed at an extremely risky nuclear war", the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary on Saturday.

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The paper's commentary included a threat that intercontinental ballistic rockets will "fly into the United States if [Washington].shows any slight sign of provocation".

Military options for dealing with the North were still "on the table", Tillerson warned in his first address to the United Nations body.

It is not clear what has caused the series of failed missile tests since then.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for new economic sanctions on North Korea and other "painful" measures over its nuclear weapons program. It also successfully tested ballistic missiles on March 6.

The Trump administration could respond to the test by speeding up its plans for new USA sanctions, including possible measures against specific North Korean and Chinese entities, said the US official, who declined to be identified.

The U.N. Security Council, which traditionally condemns all missile launches by Pyongyang, is likely to start discussing a statement to condemn the missile launch, said diplomats. "I think any President that didnt talk about it in stark terms would not be doing his job", he said.

Each launch, however, gives North Korea information about way to improve, though the primary concern is if and when it will conduct a sixth nuclear test.

But "there is reason to be concerned" about North Korea's missile tests, she added.

With less than two weeks until South Korea votes for a new president, the spokesman for the frontrunner, Moon Jae-in, called on North Korea to stop its military tests.

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