United Nations strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

Apr 13, 2017, 01:37
United Nations strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

An Air Force general says she is extremely confident the United States could intercept a ballistic missile fired by North Korea.

North Korea fired a newly developed powerful ballistic missile into its eastern waters Wednesday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, amid worries the North might conduct nuclear or long-range rocket tests ahead of the first summit between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.

"The launch took place possibly in consideration of the U.S". This is a threat to North Korea, as the missile can target all of the regime's key facilities when fired from the South. The U.S. president has said Beijing can do more to rein in North Korea.

Hours after the missile launch yesterday, the White House had reacted strongly, saying, the clock has now run out for North Korea and all options are now being considered to deal with the menace. "The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America".

North Korea has previously test-fired missiles near Sinpo, where it has a submarine base.

Benham continued, "U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security". North Korea's state media has also said the world will soon witness what it calls "eventful successes" the country achieves in the space development. Or was the launch just part of its broader missile development programs, with outsiders reading too much from a routine weapons test?

North Korea has denied using big worldwide events to get outside attention in order to wrest concessions and aid. It follows ballistic missile tests in February and March, as the isolated country defies United Nations sanctions and works on a missile that could deliver a miniaturized nuclear weapon to the continental U.S. "China summit, while at the same time it was to check its missile capability", a South Korean official told Reuters about the military's initial assessment of the launch.

North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls US hostility.

North Korea this week fired a projectile which flew about 60 kilometers (37 miles) into the East Sea, South Korea's military leadership said.

Abe and Trump were meeting at the Mar-a-Lago estate in February when North Korea launched a rocket, setting off a controversy when the leaders set up an impromptu "situation room" in full view of the resort's guests.

The North is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could hit the United States and its leader, Kim Jong Un, has vowed to test-launch one at any time.