Latest DPRK missile test lands in Japan waters

Nick Mcbride
May 29, 2017

"The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America", the Hawaii-based command said in an emailed statement. "U.S".

Kim Jong-un's regime 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 U.S., according to Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Programme at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swiftly condemned the test - the second time this year that a North Korean missile has fallen close to its shores - vowing concerted action with the US.

North Korea's state-controlled media had no immediate comment. Sales of computer equipment and services related to mining operations, the chemical industry and refineries will also be banned to any people or entities in North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just returned from a G7 meeting in Italy, told reporters that "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from the global society is absolutely unacceptable".

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan's maritime economic zone Monday, officials said, the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the USA mainland.

China reiterated that UN Security Council resolutions had "clear rules" about North Korean missile activities and it urged Pyongyang not to contravene them.

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A missile capable of reaching the United States topped with a nuclear warhead is considered to be Pyongyang's ultimate goal.

But would the United States try to topple the Kim regime if North Korea could respond with a nuclear attack?

Seoul's new liberal administration has said Pyongyang's repeated test launches were dashing hopes for peace.

Monday's launch was North's Korea's third ballistic missile launch since South Korean President Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on May 10.

That particularly opaque appraisal makes it hard to telegraph exactly how far away the country is from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), says John Delury, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Relations.

The US has said it is willing to enter into talks only if the North halts its missile and nuclear tests.

Kim found that the weapon system's ability to detect and track targets had "remarkably" improved and was more accurate, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

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