Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis: South Korea envoy

In addition, Kim said the most important task for Christians is to share the Gospel of Christ to the North Korean people so that they will be "set free".

Japan will have a little more time to prepare, but not much, with scientists estimating that it would take 10 to 11 minutes before a missile from the North would reach Tokyo.

Defense experts say that North Korea's Taepodong missile resembles Iran's Shahab missile.

The Security Council, which has imposed six rounds of sanctions on the North, discussed further possible actions at yesterday's meeting.

"The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with [Japan and South Korea] in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea". We don't have it done yet. "We have not seen anything from them in the past week but we are encouraging them to continue moving forward". What they're doing is exactly right. "Based on the tunnels that they're building and the tunnels that they've used, that they plan to conduct a lot of nuclear tests". "This is the way you really learn how to develop a ballistic missile, and that's what worries me".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the test was unsafe, but warned against attempts to "intimidate" Pyongyang. Putin said Russian Federation was categorically opposed to any expansion of the "club of nuclear powers".

The missile traveled nearly 800 km and may have exceeded 4,000 km if it had been launched at a more perpendicular angle, according to experts. An IRBM has a range up to 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers (1,860 to 2,485 miles).

"John Schilling of the widely-watched website 39 North, which analyses developments in North Korea, wrote on Wednesday: "[The] latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile.

It's not just the unpredictability of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that make the volatile situation in and around the Korean Peninsula increasingly worrisome.

Wood said they were looking at a number of measures - political, economic, and security-related - to deal with North Korea's "dangerous acts".

The recently wrapped-up worldwide forum hosted by China, in particular, served as a "good starter" for the two Asian neighbors' push to keep their ties back on track and maintain a unified approach to the ever-growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, they added.

South Korean and US officials have said re-entry technology for an IRBM does not necessarily translate to such technology for an IBCM, and these undergo different factors during re-entry.

Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile U.S. radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul. The US has taken an aggressive approach to North Korea having claimed that a policy of strategic patience had obviously failed.

South Korea's newly-elected president said Wednesday that the possibility of a conflict with North Korea is high. During the campaign Moon was quite critical of the deployment of the THAAD system. However, it is already in place and working.

On multiple occasions, researchers have been able to determine the exact location of North Korea's missile tests using satellite imagery and propaganda photos.

This opinion article was written by an independent writer.

  • Leroy Wright