North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile

People watch a television news showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on April 5, 2017.

USA officials have not identified what type of missile was tested on March 21 since it exploded so soon after launch. The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts Thursday, he said. But unlike the KN-15, which uses solid fuel, the missile fired Wednesday used liquid fuel and was sacked from a fixed location, rather than a mobile launcher, the official said.

In a statement earlier, Foreign Ministry said the launch is another blatant violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described the launch as "extremely problematic" and said Tokyo had lodged a strong protest.

The missile was launched near Sinpo on the eastern coast and flew for nine minutes over 60km yesterday morning, drawing condemnation from South Korea and Japan.

Kim Hong-kyun (L), South Korea's chief envoy on North Korea issues, poses for a photo with his USA and Japanese counterparts, Joseph Yun (C) and Kenji Kanasugi (R), during a meeting in Washington on February 27, 2017. "We have no further comment".

Trump wants China to do more to exert its economic influence over unpredictable Pyongyang to restrain its nuclear and missile programs.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry called it a "threat to the peace and stability of the whole world", warning that further provocations could lead to more punitive measures.

But Washington may have a range of military options it could scale to increasing threats from North Korea.

The extended-range Scud missile suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to USA imagery and assessments, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the launch publicly.

Abe said the two leaders had agreed that North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch was "a risky provocation and a serious threat".

It has used the anniversary in previous years to test-fire the intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile and to launch long-range rockets to try to put satellites into orbit.

An expert on the North's political strategy warned against reading too much political significance into the timing of the tests ahead of the U.S-China summit.

"I've joked before that they don't mind being hated but they definitely hate to be ignored".

North Korea failed in an attempt to launch a ballistic missile from its east coast two weeks ago.

"There was a test firing of a Hyunmoo-type ballistic missile with a range of 800 km at the Anheung test site of the Agency for Defence Development", an informed source said. North Korea carried out two nuclear tests previous year.

  • Carolyn Briggs