Little progress reining in North Korea

Apr 12, 2017, 00:49
Little progress reining in North Korea

"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.

The extended-range Scud missile suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to USA imagery and assessments, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the launch publicly.

In Tuesday's launch, the missile flew about 60 km before crashing into the East Sea.

US President Donald Trump told Japanese leader Shinzo Abe Washington will continue to build its military capabilities to defend against a North Korean attack, the White House said.

Hill says that China's hesitation to work with the U.S.to a belief in China that North Korea's demise would give the US a "strategic advantage". "I think that in North Korea, it's an enormous unknown".

U.S. officials reportedly determined that the missile was a medium-range Scud ER and suffered an in-flight failure.

Abe also told Trump that Japan is paying attention to how China handles the issue of North Korea.

Recent satellite imagery shows possible preparations for a test at North Korea's main nuclear test site, including the laying of communication cables used to initiate a test and collect data.

The US will be monitoring how well partners, including China, implement the United Nations resolutions with regard to North Korea.

The launch came amid worries that North Korea might soon conduct banned nuclear or long-range rocket tests. "China wants to make efforts with all sides involved, to make denuclearization a reality, and ensure peace in the region".

On Thursday, the European Union unveiled a set of sanctions against the North focusing on restricting investments not just in nuclear and ballistic missile technologies but also in other sectors, such as the conventional arms-related industry, metallurgy and metalworking, and aerospace. The U.S. president has said Beijing can do more to rein in North Korea.

Though an assassination attempt on North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un sounds like an alternate scene from Seth Rogen and James Franco's notorious 2014 film, "The Interview", in which the two play journalists given the task after securing an interview with him, it is a "tempting strategy when you're faced with a highly unpredictable and highly risky leader", Stavridis said.

In the second test on March 6, four Scud-ER missiles were fired, three of which fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone.