Korea claims missile test successful

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launch conducted this past Sunday, May 21.

Some experts, including officials in Tokyo, estimate that Sunday's launch successfully tested a new type of missile in Pyongyang's arsenal.

New Zealand's prime minister says the Japanese government is "quite concerned" with North Korea's ballistic missile capabilities, and the latest escalation of tensions in the region will be a test for China to put pressure on the rogue state to stop their missile tests.

A senior US official said the Trump administration did not dispute the accuracy of the transcript and declined to comment further.

"We urge Pyongyang to refrain from doing anything that violates Security Council resolutions, and hopes all sides will remain steady and not affected by occasional incidents, stick to the overall direction of peninsular denuclearization, implement related Security Council resolutions and settle the issue through dialogue and consultation through peaceful means", said the Chinese top diplomat.

South Korean analysts said the latest missile was sacked Sunday afternoon from South Pyeongan province and traveled about 500 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan.

South Korea has repeatedly accused the North of flying suspected spy drones across the tense border.

North Korea's often-stated goal is to ideal a nuclear warhead that it can put on a missile capable of hitting Washington or other US cities.

Pyongyang has made no secret of its efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped missile, ignoring calls to halt its weapons programs, even from China.

"So this is not something that will happen soon, but with time North Korea will be able to do it", Wright said.

Two suspected North Korean drones were found in South Korea in 2014, one on the island of Baengnyeong and another in the city of Paju, close to the border.

Moon was widely forecast to inherit a so-called sunshine policy of engagement with North Korea through economic cooperation.

The missile had a shorter range than the missiles North Korea launched more recently.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to media on the matter, said the new strategy was based on President Moon's vision that "keeping inter-Korea relations as icy as it is now" would disturb the more important goal of stabilizing peace on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the USA mainland, presenting Trump with perhaps his biggest foreign policy challenge.

Kim said the North would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to flawless nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S.

Kim was reportedly impressed by the images from a camera mounted on the missile during the test, saying that "it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so attractive".

Kim Jong-un supervised the launch and expressed "great satisfaction" over its results.

The new missile can not reach the US base in Guam but has all USA military bases in Japan, including Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, within range.

The tumbling figures have taken a heavy toll on duty-free shops in South Korea.

  • Zachary Reyes