South Korea Shows Kim Jong-Un How Missiles Are Supposed To Work

They said it flew about 60 km (40 miles) from its launch site near Sinpo, a port city on the North's east coast where a submarine base is located.

On Wednesday, it fired a newly developed missile into the sea, this time on the eve of the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

The Council also made a decision to add four persons to the list of persons targeted by the EU's restrictive measures for being responsible for supporting or promoting the North Korea's nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes.

The North's latest missile launch also came as it is responding annual military drills between the United States and South Korea with weapons tests and harsh rhetoric.

As well as a growing list of ballistic missile launches, North Korea has also conducted two nuclear weapons tests since January 2016.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the North's missile launch was "extremely problematic" and Tokyo has lodged a strong protest against its nuclear-armed neighbour. Unlike South Korea, the North operates under heavy global sanctions as the United Nations Security Council has been working for years to stop Pyongyang's development of weapons of mass destruction.

On March 22, Pyongyang test-launched what was presumed to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile from its eastern region, but it failed as it exploded in midair.

Photos taken by the club's patrons and later posted on Facebook captured Japanese and US officials responding in real-time to the incident, sparking criticism about why such important meetings were not conducted in a more secure location. However, other experts are of a different opinion which says North Korea could have been testing the waters before going full-fledged on the development of solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"As adversaries continue to pursue credible and advanced capabilities, we too must evolve our missile defence capabilities to outpace increasingly complex threats", she said. "They may have been trying to test one stage".

A statement from the White House said that Trump emphasised in the call "that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose".

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USA officials reportedly determined that the missile was a medium-range Scud ER and suffered an in-flight failure.

  • Larry Hoffman