Donald Trump willing to 'make peace' with Pyongyang

The White House said it was aware North Korea had launched a medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) and noted its range was shorter than recent tests.

There have been mounting pressure in the Korean peninsula over North Korea's missile tests since last one year as well as the placement of the United States missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in South Korea.

The rocket was sacked from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally.

While KCNA claims are not given much credence, nuclear expert Mira Rapp-Hooper of the Center for a New American Security, told Alex Ward of Vox that "this new missile suggests that [North Korea's] programs are advancing quickly" and a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of reaching the US mainland "may be only a year or so away". It, however, does not put South Korea, Japan, or America at risk, but appears to have demonstrated an extended strategic range.

North Korea was also under scrutiny by investigators looking for the source of a major cyberattack affecting more than 150 countries, but the European police agency said it was still too early to determine who caused the chaos.

The missile was tracked until it landed in the Sea of Japan.

But, Kim said that if the Trump administration "truly wants to adopt a new policy towards the DPRK, drawing a lesson from the preceding administration's failure, it should replace the Armistice Agreement between the DPRK and USA with a peace accord and the total removal of hostile relations".

While experts insist that North Korea is still not capable of launching a missile that could reach the United States, the communist nation on Monday claimed it could.

South Korea wants to reopen communications with North. North Korea has also launched satellites into orbit on long-range rockets that share some of the same technology as missiles.

The Hwasong-12 according to experts, will take around three years to become an intercontinental missile capable of striking the mainland US. He said the missile went very high and came down, but he would not characterize it as demonstrating the controlled re-entry of a missile.

"The unsafe behaviour by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russia", Harris told a an academic forum in Tokyo.

That missile - which was launched from a site in Kusong, North Pyongan - flew for about 30 minutes, travelling about 500 miles (800km) before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to Tokyo. Moon has advocated dialogue with North Korea to denuclearize. A US State Department spokesman said the country would have to "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region".

In the video, the group also takes shots at what Wang referred to as "vulgar behavior" within China, such as vandalism against South Korean-made Hyundai vehicles.

Any peace overtures will likely be dampened by the worldwide community's response to Sunday's test by the North of the country's new Hwasong-12 ballistic missile. The United States and South Korea's defense officials have confirmed the breakthrough for Pyongyang's missile program. It was the first test by Pyongyang since President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

  • Leroy Wright