North Korea Test Fires Mid-Range Missile Amid Growing Tensions
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 2:21
China on Tuesday pushed for dialogue with North Korea and the full implementation of United Nations sanctions over Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear tests, skirting questions about Beijing's talks with the United States on possible new measures.
Pyongyang has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland and this weekend they said they'd reached their goal.
Western experts say the Hwasong-12 test did appear to have advanced North Korea's aim of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States mainland, even if it is still some way off from achieving that capability.
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The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine's operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead, KCNA said.
North Korean media claimed that mass production of its new medium-range ballistic missile could begin immediately.
The United States and South Korea, which hosts 28,500 US troops, have said the deployment is aimed purely at defending against the North Korean threat.
The UN Security Council has condemned Sunday's launch and again expressed its concern over the North's behaviour.
People watch a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 21, 2017. The missile could be a stepping stone to a truly intercontinental ballistic missile-one that could reach the US.
Pyongyang said it launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, although US officials questioned the extent of its progress.
In the coming days, Moon is expected to dispatch diplomatic and security envoys to the US, Russia, China and Japan to discuss the North Korean issue.
South Korea has fired warning shots at an unidentified object flying south from North Korea, its military said.
However, there are reports that suggest that North Korea is still capable of launching nuclear warheads that could cross the Pacific Ocean and reach the United States.