Britain 'concerned' by North Korea missile test
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 15:58
The latest launch - which failed when the missile blew up seconds after blast off, according to USA and South Korean officials - came a day after the North held a defiant massive military parade in Pyongyang showcasing almost 60 missiles, including a suspected new intercontinental ballistic missile.
The failed missile came the day after Pyongyang publicly showcased its ballistic arsenal at a giant military parade.
Russia's foreign minister says he hopes the USA will not take unilateral action against North Korea as it did recently in Syria.
North Korea launched a ballistic missile from the same region this month, ahead of a summit between the United States and China in Florida to discuss the North's arms program.
The message celebrating the 71st anniversary of Syria's independence from France, carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, said Kim took the occasion to lambaste the U.S. for its "reckless act of invasion" on Syria.
The White House foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence told reporters that the type of missile that North Korea tried to fire on Sunday was medium-range, and that it exploded about 4 to 5 seconds after it was launched.
According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, many travel operators including the main online website have halted trips to North Korea.
People watch a TV showing file footage of a North Korea's ballistic missile, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 16, 2017. "The President has no further comment", US Defense Secretary James Mattis said.
He added: "This is a challenging time, all over the world but especially here in the Asia-Pacific".
Sergey Lavrov is responding to Vice President Mike Pence's statement Monday in South Korea that the "era of strategic patience is over" with regard to North Korea's efforts to build nuclear weapons.
South Korea said it would convene a national security council meeting today. South Korea's Defense Ministry said it was analyzing exactly how the North Korean launch failed.
Pence has called North Korea's failed missile launch a "provocation".
North Korea launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests a year ago, including its most powerful to date, and there have been a slew of shorter range missile firings.
Hours earlier, North Korea paraded what appeared to be long-range ballistic missiles at a major military display.
"The president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons", McMaster told ABC.
The state has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of UN sanctions, regularly threatening to destroy the South and the United States.
Reflecting on his dad on his first day in South Korea, Pence said, "I think about what Dad would be thinking about and is thinking about as he looks down - at this third son - to return to the place he came so many years ago and the commitment that endures here that has resulted in a free and prosperous South Korea".
The high-profile failure came as the North tried to showcase its nuclear and missile capabilities around the birth anniversary of the North's late founder and as a USA aircraft carrier neared the Korean Peninsula.
The status of the North Korean underground nuclear test program is unchanged, a senior USA defense official told CNN, and a test could come at any time.
As if North Korea was conscious of the strong posture of these two nations, it did not dare to conduct the sixth nuclear test or launch an ICBM.
"It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the U.S. through cyber methods has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail".