North Korea conducts another failed missile test

They have been "playing" the United States for years.

Intelligence collected from USA sources indicates North Korea's next test "could come as early as the end of the month", one official told Fox News.

The engine was tested at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, a major space facility on the country's northwest coast, from which North Korea successfully launched its first satellite into orbit in December 2012.

It remains to be seen what the next step is for North Korea but further development of their nuclear weapons program poses danger not just to the USA but also the entire worldwide community.

"The military's failure to detect North Korea's firing of a missile shows the height of its incompetency in national defense", stated Rep. Yun Ho-jung, a top policy coordinator at the party.

If Benham's assessment is accurate, the missile failure could be consistent with a report earlier this month that elaborated on a secret "cyberwar" targeting North Korea's controversial missile and weapons programs.

Last week, Tillerson issued the Trump administration's starkest warning yet to North Korea, saying in Seoul that a military response would be "on the table" if it took action to threaten South Korean and USA forces.

North Korea has been under sanctions for "half a century" but the communist state survives by placing an emphasis on juche or "self-sufficiency", he said. The envoy added that North Korea will continue to pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programmes, according to Reuters. If confirmed, it would be the third round of missile tests by North Korea this year, as it seeks to develop the capability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the defiance of United Nations sanctions.

The missiles, fired from an area near Tongchang-ri in northwest North Korea, are thought to have been of the Scud-Extended Range variety, which have a maximum range of 1,000 kilometres.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on March 8 suggested that North Korea stop launches of its missiles and halt development of nuclear program in exchange for the termination of military drills conducted by the United States and South Korea.

North Korea will also mark the 105th birth anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung on April 15. "It is because of these hostile activities on the part of the US and South Korea".

"I can't say that we found any solutions, but we're continuing those conversations", Toner said.

A major priority of Pyongyang, analysts say, is to flawless an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the US mainland, an eventually President Donald Trump has vowed "won't happen".

  • Leroy Wright