Japan slams North Korean missile launch
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 23:25
These comments came shortly before North Korea fired a projectile into the sea near the Korean peninsula on Tuesday - "likely" a test of their KN-11 sub-launched missile, a US official said. With President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping set for their first meeting Thursday and Friday in Florida, two other East Asian powers took a step to fix relations...we have details from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.
North's Korea's ballistic missile launch Wednesday triggered an abrupt three-line statement from the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The launch was from Sinpo, a port city on the North's east coast, and the missile flew about 60 kilometres, South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said - Sinpo is the site of a North Korean submarine base.
Trump warned that the United States would take unilateral action to eliminate the nuclear threat from North Korea unless China increased pressure on Kim Jong Un's regime.
Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the United States mainland, and has staged five nuclear tests so far, two of them past year.
Two weeks ago, the South Korean and USA militaries said they had detected a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch.
North Korea failed in an attempt to launch a ballistic missile from its east coast two weeks ago.
A U.S. statement said initial assessments indicate the type of missile was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile.
Japan, together with the US and South Korea, tightened sanctions in December 2016, following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.
He plans to discuss with Xi a new "elevated" and streamlined framework for a U.S. So, even though we hear sometimes that China's political influence may have diminished with North Korea, clearly its economic leverage has not.
In tests last month, North Korea fired what experts believe was a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile on March 22.
The launch came amid worries that North Korea might soon conduct banned nuclear or long-range rocket tests. The letters read on top left "North Korea fired a ballistic missile".
Diplomacy watchers say Xi may try to soften Trump up by dangling significant trade concessions.
The greatest threat would come from an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, and Hyten testified the North Koreans are closing in on one.
"The clock has now run out, and all options are on the table", the official said in respect to the failure of successive efforts to negotiate an end to North Korea's nuclear program.
North Korea sees the drills as an invasion rehearsal. "China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't", the president told the Financial Times recently, "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will".