North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke
May 18, 2017, 00:31
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.
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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North Korea says Sunday's launch was of a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. While North Korean's arsenal of missiles is becoming clearer, there is less certainty about how developed its nuclear program is.
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