N. Korea tries but fails to fire missile, S. Korean military says
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 17:52
South Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Sunday saying, "North Korea showing a variety of offensive missiles at yesterday's military parade and daring to fire a ballistic missile today is a show of force that threatens the whole world".
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Trump had been briefed on the latest test but had "no further comment". He says the Trump administration hopes their clarity will be received in North Korea, adding the US and its allies will achieve its objectives through "peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary" to protect South Korea and stabilize the region.
The Trump administration has conducted a policy review but has not revealed details about its plans for dealing with the North, although US officials say it will rely on "maximum pressure and engagement", according to AP.
Pence tells reporters near the DMZ that the alliance between South Korea and the U.S.is "ironclad" and is reiterating that "all options are on the table" to pressure North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons and missile program. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.
The extended-range Scud missile in that earlier launch suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to US imagery and assessments. The official said, without elaborating, that had it been a nuclear test, "other actions would have been taken by the U.S".
Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
This is the second time this month the North has conducted a missile test near the Sinpo region.
President Donald Trump was uncharacteristically quiet about the failed launch of the missile.
North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday, as a nuclear-powered United States aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region.
It was not immediately clear what kind of missile was sacked from the city of Sinpo on North Korea's east coast, but the failure will sting in Pyongyang.
A USA military spokesman, confirming the launch, said the missile blew up nearly immediately. Pence: Congress wasn't ready to repeal, replace Obamacare "The most".
The leaders Pence are to meet with in Seoul, however, will soon be out of office; South Korea is in the middle of a presidential campaign because of the recent impeachment of conservative President Park Geun-hye.
Kim Jong Un has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of missile and rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.
A USA aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, is heading to waters off Korea in a show of force.
"North Korea has launched an unidentified ballistic missile today early morning near the Sinpo region, but (the launch) failed", the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff (ROK JCS) told local media.
That launch came shortly before Mr Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
That test also failed, as there was "no evidence the missile reached flight", a USA official told CNN. North Korea may have a technological disadvantage compared to the allies, but it does have enough technological know-how and means to make any war very costly, indeed. "We stand alongside our global partners in making clear that North Korea must adhere to United Nations resolutions created to secure peace and stability in the region and stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons", he said.
The United States, South Korea and other countries have vowed to apply more pressure on the North, but so far nothing has worked to stop Pyongyang's nuclear programme.