Abe welcomes Trump's tough stance on N. Korea

The US made the statement just days ahead of a crucial meeting between the US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida this week.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch is a risky provocation.

"The test-firing was successful", the official was quoted as saying.

In fact, the North justifies its nuclear weapons as a necessary deterrent to the USA military threat and has over the past weeks warned that the biggest-ever joint U.S.

President Trump is reportedly weighing plans to place USA nukes in South Korea or assassinate North Korea's brutal dictator Kim Jong Un in response to the rogue nation's relentless nuclear ambitions, including a potential strike on the West Coast. However high on the agenda is reducing trade tensions and dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations.

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

August 1998: North Korea fires a multistage, long-range missile called Taepodong-I over Japan into the Pacific Ocean. North Korea sees the drills as an invasion rehearsal.

The launch was from Sinpo, a port city on the North's east coast, and the missile flew about 40 miles, South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a short statement.

The head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force General John Hyten, told a Senate panel this week that "although North Korea is not an existential threat", it's "the most unsafe and unpredictable actor in the Pacific region".

The U.S. test will attempt to shoot down a target that replicates for the first time the speed, trajectory and closing velocity of an ICBM. Retired US General Jack Keane said that bombing North Korea's nuclear facility "may be the only option left". Most of North Korea's missiles use liquid propellant, which usually must be added on the launch pad before the weapon is fired.

However, a senior US defense official told reporters Wednesday that the missile may have been an older liquid-fueled, extended-range scud missile fired from a fixed location.

"In February, the North fired the Pukguksong-2 on a mobile launcher from an inland place", he said.

"This problem has really become very urgent, and it is, destabilising to the entire region and actually further than the region now, reaches across the globe with the progress that North Korea is making in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile", Thorton said, according to PTI. This latest provocation came a day following the United States announcement that it is planning to redeploy tactical nuclear weapon systems to South Korea as a deterrent against the increasing missile and nuclear threats posed by the rogue regime.

  • Leroy Wright