N. Korea fires missile in latest test, US and S. Korea say

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked global condemnation and threats of tougher United Nations sanctions.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled more than 310 miles, but it stressed Washington and Seoul were still analyzing its type and trajectory.

North Korea on Sunday, May 21, fired a midrange ballistic missile, USA and South Korean officials said, in the latest weapons test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. Analysts said that test showed gave North Korea critical information on developing a re-entry vehicle for nuclear warheads and showed Pyongyang had a missile capable of striking the U.S. territory of Guam.

The missile flew east about 500 km (over 300 miles), South Korean officials said.

Pyongyang celebrated last week's test, saying the missile dubbed a Hwasong-12 was sacked at a high trajectory and demonstrated the ability to carry a heavy nuclear warhead at long distances.

The latest test comes just one week after North Korea's most successful test to date, a test of the new Hwasong-12 medium long-range surface-to-surface missile.

Pyongyang has long had missiles that can reach targets across South Korea and Japan.

The tests on back-to-back weekends come after the May 9 inauguration of new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had called for a dialogue with Pyongyang over nuclear issues. It is a solid-fueled, cold canister-launched MRBM based on its submarine-launched predecessor, the KN-11 or Pukguksong-1. China says North Korea should stop its pursuit of nuclear missiles and the U.S. should stop the war games on and around the Korean Peninsula.

The North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un has been aggressively pursuing a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of striking as far away as the USA mainland. No damage has been so far reported following the launch, he said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 5, 2017. Moon has advocated for engagement with North Korea to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

  • Zachary Reyes