North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

May 18, 2017, 00:31
North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

North Korea has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of previous year.

Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, South Korea, told Reuters that the launch is an advancement that exceeds most expectations on what North Korea's missile program could previously do.

China is the linchpin of Trump's strategy for halting North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland.

A missile is being launched from an undisclosed location in North Korea on Sunday.

North Korea fired the missile from the northwestern city of Kusong despite growing threats of increased sanctions from members of the worldwide community. "We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and dangerous".

KCNA cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to the " ridiculous" USA strategy of "brow-beating only weak countries which have no nukes.

While Trump has said he'd be "honored" to talk with leader Kim under favorable conditions, Haley seemed to rule out the possibility.

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A U.N. Security Council is expected to hold a closed-door meeting in response to the missile launch on Tuesday.

North Korea, which is threatening a sixth nuclear test, made a global appeal in a letter released on Friday for states to reconsider enforcing United Nations sanctions.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned North Korea over its latest ballistic missile launch and called on Pyongyang to return to denuclearization.

A series of pictures published by the hermit state's media showed Jong-Un gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch.

Sunday's test is also the first from North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office last week.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US needed to "stop scaring" the North Korean regime.

While Russia and North Korea don't have strong trade ties, they are building on their economic relationship. It again demanded that Pyongyang conduct no further nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

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The advancement in North Korea's missile technology puts pressure on Japan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ecstatic with the test launch, saying Monday that if the USA "dares opt for a military provocation" his nation is ready.

But Moon slammed the latest launch as a "reckless provocation" and said dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".

The official North Korean news agency KCNA said the launch aimed at showing the technical capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead".

Analysts believe the missile tested on Sunday was capable of travelling 4,000km if it had been fired at a standard trajectory rather than upwards.

US President Donald Trump's administration has made North Korea a priority security issue.

That is a slap in the face for South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, who has promised greater engagement with the North, and suggests that the missile launch was an attempt to improve Pyongyang's negotiating position with a more hardline US under President Donald Trump.

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