N.Korea test-fires missile into sea ahead of Trump-Xi summit

"The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America".

Speaker Paul Ryan says the two measures approved Monday by wide margins are "concrete actions" that hold Pyongyang accountable for its belligerent and destabilizing behavior.

Since then, North Korea has further ramped up its tests and rhetoric, emphasising a consistent message: To create a nuclear device small enough to mount on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and fire it at the United States.

South Korea and North Korea played to a 1-1 draw Friday in their historic women's football showdown north of the border. President George W. Bush lifted the designation in 2008 to clear the way for aid-for-disarmament negotiations that eventually collapsed.

During the conversation, Abe and Trump also stressed that China has a key role in persuading North Korea to put an end to its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the report said, adding that the North's "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot" will foil any aggression by the U.S.

"Amidst an unprecedented pace of North Korean strategic weapons testing, our ability to provide actionable warning continues to diminish", Robinson said in written testimony to senators.

Indeed, this year is off to the races, with three missiles launched and a new inter-continental ballistic missile engine tested to date.

The initial US and South Korean assessments indicated it was a KN-15 medium-range missile, whose first publicly known test in February was considered by many foreign experts as a potentially worrying development.

South Korea is protected under an American security umbrella and is home to thousands of United States troops. North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.

Li Bin, a security expert at Beijing's Tsinghua University recently said that the Thaad radars would allow the United States military access data on missiles, which would undermine Beijing's nuclear strategy.

The test elicited a terse response from the US State Department, unlike the standard diplomatic condemnations that usually follow Pyongyang's missile tests.

Tillerson also might stop making routine statements after every North Korean provocation or missile launch, Bong said. Even so, when the South's anthem was played ahead of their first match against India, 5,000 North Korean fans stood up, South Korean reports said.

"Initial assessments indicate the type of missile was a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile", it said.

The launch came shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this week, raising speculation that it might have been timed to get their attention.

  • Leroy Wright