North Korea fires medium-range missile in latest test

North Korea has fired another ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan, where it apparently landed, according to numerous media reports.

Moon has advocated dialogue with North Korea to denuclearize.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the projectile was sacked Sunday from an area around Pukchang.

The U.S. Pacific Command separately described the missile as medium range.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a "major, major conflict" with the North was possible, but he said he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in immediately convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the communist neighbour's provocation, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The February launch, the North's first missile test after Trump took office, alarmed neighbors because solid-fuel missiles can be fired more quickly than liquid-fuel missiles, which need to be fueled before launch and require a larger number of vehicles, including fuel trucks, that could be spotted by satellites.

The launch comes a week after the North successfully tested a new midrange missile that experts say may one day be capable of reaching Alaska or Hawaii.

Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

The analyst also said there's "pretty credible information" that North Korea is receiving help with its missile program from Iran. A U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States remains open to talks with North Korea but the country would have to "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region".

  • Salvatore Jensen