North Korea Missile Test Shows that Program is Developing Faster Than Expected

Needless to say, the comments were met with a great deal of puzzlement in the worldwide community, given Kim's mercurial, iron-fisted rule and his expansionist goals, especially with South Korea in his cross-hairs.

"Launching ballistic missiles is a serious provocation that violates UN Security Council resolutions, as well as being a serious challenge to global peace and stability".

Haley previously indicated that new sanctions could target oil, a critical import for North Korea mainly from China, and she added that the U.S. also wanted sanctions on organizations and businesses in third world countries that are helping Pyongyang.

The agreement for the leaders to meet in late June followed a meeting in Seoul between Chung Eui-yong, Moon's foreign policy adviser, and Matt Pottinger, the Asia director on Trump's National Security Council, Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.

Cho told reporters North Korea has "chosen the wrong path" and a dialogue will only be possible when the regime halts its nuclear activities, adding that "time is running out and the clock is ticking".

Earlier in the day, he met Japanese leaders to discuss Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programmes.

North Korea has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally, calling them legitimate self-defence.

The issue of THAAD deployment on the peninsula was not raised during Hong's discussions with Trump, but the former South Korean diplomat said the USA missile defense system was addressed during a separate meeting with Gen. McMaster.

He highlighted that North Korea can use their submarines and launch missiles anywhere in the world so this is a great concern.

Adm. Harry Harris Jr., who leads U.S. Pacific Command, cautioned against gloating over the fact the North still has work to do to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and ideal re-entry technology. 'We believe South Korea will bring clear measures to improve relations'. "Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it", she told ABC.

North Korea said Monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

"(President Trump) talked about sanctions on North Korea and cooperative relations with China.

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, which "accurately hit" the targeted open waters 787 km away after flying to a maximum altitude of 2,111.5 km. Haley said, adding that Russian Federation had it "all wrong".

The South Korean military has said that the descending rate of the Hwasong-12 missile was somewhere between Mach 15 and 24, which falls short of the minimum falling rate of Mach 24 that any intercontinental ballistic missile would have recorded.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In warned Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of military clashes along the border with North Korea as tensions mount over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.

  • Zachary Reyes