North Korea's latest missile test 'worries' China
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 9:40
North Korea launched four ballistic missiles from near its west coast on March 6 and this week conducted a rocket engine test that its leader, Kim Jong Un, said opened "a new birth" of its rocket industry.
"It is assessed that North Korea is ready to carry out a nuclear test anytime if its leadership decides to do so", Lee Duk-haeng, spokesman for South Korea's the Ministry of Unification, said in a press briefing.
(Stand-up) "Experts believe North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test sometime around the birthday of the regime's late founder Kim Il-sung on April 15th".
It added that the missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch.
The reported launch failure comes as the North is angrily reacting to ongoing annual U.S.
North Korea, in the recent years, has caused worldwide concern over its frequent ballistic missiles and nuclear tests.
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.
In October 2016, the USA military also detected a failed missile launch of a different sort.
South Korea has been aware that the North could move ahead with another test at any time since it conducted its last nuclear test in September.
According to one United States think tank, Pyongyang has some 1,000 missiles, some capable of being fired long-range, some nearly as far as 5,000 miles, which means weapons could reach deep into Europe.
US President Donald Trump rebuked Kim on Sunday, saying the North Korean leader was "acting very, very badly".
Beijing deployed millions of soldiers in the 1950-53 conflict, saving the fledging North from defeat by US -led United Nations forces and South Korea.
"I think this is stemming from the visit by the Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) to Japan, South Korea and China..."
In a development that could threaten world peace, a North Korean envoy said that the country would continue to strengthen its nuclear attack capabilities and missile technologies. The recently tested engine could, in theory, give the North Koreans the ability to execute that specific phase of a launch.
But Tillerson later indicated that the first step would be additional unilateral US sanctions for North Korea or the full implementation of sanctions imposed by existing United Nations Security Council resolutions.
However, the Times report didn't rule out the incompetence of North Korea's missile-testing apparatus.