THAAD radar detected N. Korea's missile launch: defense chief
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 22:48
North Korean propaganda must be considered with wariness - Pyongyang has threatened for decades to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire", for instance - but Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.
Subsequent missile tests suggest it has yet to achieve this goal, though it is making progress, as demonstrated by its most recent success. The assertion couldn't be confirmed; many North Korean claims later turn out to have been exaggerated.
It said the newly developed Hwasong-12 flew as high as 2,111 kilometers (1,310 miles) before landing in a targeted area in the ocean about 787 kilometers (490 miles) from the launch site.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, April 15, 2017.
North Korea has rebuffed cries for it to cease missile and nuclear testing, calling each of them acts of self defense.
North Korea on Monday said the rocket was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
Some analysts, including officials in Tokyo, estimate that the May 14 launch successfully tested a new type of missile, potentially the longest in North Korea's arsenal.
"The members of the Security Council vowed to fully implement all measures imposed on (North Korea) by the Security Council and strongly urge all other member states to do so in an expeditious and serious manner", the statement said on Monday. In a show of force, the United States sent an aircraft carrier strike group, led by the Carl Vinson, to waters off the Korean peninsula to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan. Moon has advocated dialogue with North Korea to denuclearize.
In Seoul, some citizens expressed frustration.
Meanwhile, the U.S.is studying possible sanctions against worldwide companies that help the North evade restrictions - a step strongly supported in Congress.
"We will conduct ICBM tests anytime and anywhere in accordance with the decisions made by our central leadership", North Korea's ambassador to China Ji Jae Pyong said.
The administration has also called on Beijing to do more to rein in Pyongyang and has said it's seen positive signs in that direction after Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting with President Trump. She told ABC's "This Week" that Kim is "in a state of paranoia".
On the respected 38North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said yesterday's appeared to be of an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the USA base at Guam" in the Pacific.
CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz reports the missile, described by USA officials as a KN-17 medium range missile, reached an altitude of more than 1,300 miles - fired, North Korea said, intentionally at a high angle out of consideration for its neighbors.
North Korea said it fired the missile at a high angle to avoid neighboring countries.