United States military confirms North Korean launch of short-range ballistic missile

Nick Mcbride
May 29, 2017

The Scud-class missile fired by North Korea reached an altitude of 120 km (75 miles), the military spokesman told a briefing.

The missile was launched from the coastal town of Wonsan, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

According to analysts the test gave North Korea critical information on developing a re-entry vehicle for nuclear warheads and showed Pyongyang had a missile capable of striking the US territory of Guam.

Kim has been pushing ahead with his weapons program at a rate that has alarmed analysts and policymakers, ordering the launches of a variety of rockets that appear to be part of his ambition to obtain an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

"Our analysis of (North Korea's) intention is to demonstrate its commitment to building nuclear and missile capability based on its own roadmap and put pressure on our government to shift its policy toward North Korea, ' said JCS spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-cheon".

In the island city of Sado in Niigata Prefecture, Osamu Ito, a city government official in charge of disaster prevention, said he came to his office earlier than usual, after watching a TV news report on the launch, adding the local government is "struggling to collect information".

In their final communique, Abe and Trump - along with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom - said North Korea "increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to global peace and stability ... through its repeated and ongoing breaches of worldwide law".

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that it tracked a short-range missile for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan.

February 12: North Korea tests a new midrange ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2.

North Korea on Monday fired what appears to be a ballistic missile from its eastern coast, according to the South Korean military.

North Korea's state-controlled media had no immediate comment.

Cheong Wa Dae convened a National Security Council meeting earlier in the day to discuss the North's launch.

"As we agreed at the recent G7 summit, the North Korean problem is a top priority for the global community".

It has tested Scud-type short-range missiles many times in the past, most recently in April, according to USA officials.

"We can not tolerate North Korea's repeated provocations in defiance of warnings from the worldwide society", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters at a briefing on the matter in his office.

Pyongyang has been testing its missiles at an unprecedented pace and experts believe it is steadily edging towards the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the mainland United States.

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