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North Korea launches ballistic missile

14 Mai 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump "cannot imagine Russian Federation is pleased" with North Korea's latest missile test on Sunday, as it landed closer to Russian Federation than to Japan, the White House said in a statement.

New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, slammed the missile test as a "reckless provocation" after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisors.

South Korea's military on Sunday claimed that North Korea today launched a ballistic missile that flew about 700 kilometers. Japan's Defense Ministry says the missile likely reached an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).

"It's his way of telling the Russians, 'You need to speak up, '" and stop US-supported global sanctions on North Korea, Schuster said.

South Korean and US military officials said the February launch was a significant development as it successfully tested a solid-fuel engine from a mobile launcher.

But after North Korea stopped short of conducting a sixth nuclear test on either of two important North Korean anniversaries in April, as had been widely expected, Trump and senior US officials have also started signaling more that there can be dialogue under the right conditions.

The White House took note of the missile landing close to Russia's Pacific coast and said in a statement that North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long".

North Korea needs tests to ideal its missile program, but it also is thought to stage its launches after the elections of new United States and South Korean presidents in an attempt to gauge a new administration's reaction.

SEOUL, South Korea Just five days after South Korea elected a president who expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea, Pyongyang sent a challenge to its rival's new leader on Sunday by test-firing a ballistic missile.

In response, President Moon has strongly condemned North Korea for the launch, describing it as a grave threat to regional security and a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

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South Korea's military warned that North Korea will face an unspecified "strong punishment" by Seoul and Washington if it continues provocations.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea's missile launches were a "grave threat to our country and a clear violation of United Nations resolutions".

"I don't know what North Korea is thinking of, they're so insane", she said, adding that the forum was a "chance for China to get more control of this kind of worldwide affairs".

The missile was sacked from the region of Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, where the North in February successfully test-launched an intermediate-range missile that it is believed to be developing.

The high altitude and longer flight time indicate a missile with an extended range, according to David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

"North Korea fired an unidentified missile at around 5.27 a.m. today (Sunday) from an area in the vicinity of Kusong, North Pyongan province", Yonhap News Agency quoted the JCS as saying in a statement.

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be a new type.

Outside militaries will closely analyse what the North fired.

Mr Trump has vowed not to let North Korea achieve its goal of a long-range ICBM and has stepped up pressure on the secretive state to abandon its nuclear plans, trying to leverage its trade influence to get more help from China.

North Korea launches ballistic missile