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North Korea says ballistic missile test successful

31 May 2017, 06:38 | Harold Aguilar

Six North Koreans who were rescued on Saturday drifting at sea off the east coast were sent back to the North on Wednesday

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April 30: Trump calls North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "a pretty smart cookie" in a USA television interview for being able to hold onto power after taking over at a young age.

President Donald Trump later responded on Twitter to the launch, saying that North Korea had shown "great disrespect" for China in conducting the test.

South Korean and Japanese officials said the suspected Scud-type short-range missile flew about 450 kilometers (280 miles) on Monday morning before landing in Japan's maritime economic zone, setting off the usual round of condemnation from Washington and the North's neighbors.

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

Prior to Tuesday, the USA military had conducted 17 tests of its missile-defense system and nine were successful.

A South Korean military official said the North fired one missile on Monday, clarifying an earlier assessment that there may have been more than one launch. North Korea's state media earlier accused the USA of staging a drill to practice dropping nuclear bombs on the Korean Peninsula.


"This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat", Vice Admiral Jim Syring, director of the US Missile Defense Agency, was quoted as saying.

North Korea confirmed its test-firing of a precision-guided ballistic missile was "successful", the state-run news agency KCNA reported Tuesday, a day after the projectile landed in waters provocatively close to Japan.

North Korea has defied a United Nations resolution banning all nuclear and missile activity, ramping up the pace of its tests in recent months. "North Korea is not too happy about this", said Looi.

Withdrawing the shield "brooks not a moment's delay as its deployment would make South Korea the first target of strike by neighbouring nuclear powers", it said. As a result, North Korea is stepping up its development of advanced weapons that would allow the country to defend itself.

Mr Kim may have deliberately fired it towards waters that are claimed by both Japan and South Korea to foment discord between the nations and undermine cooperation with the USA, according to Dr Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

"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", it said.



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