North Korea fires unidentified projectile — South Korea military

David Wright, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, has been monitoring North Korea's missile development for decades and last week told USA TODAY that Pyongyang's program is making alarming strides.

The unidentified missile was sacked from near the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan, Seoul's joint chief of staff said. Mattis also expressed concern over North Korea's ICBM capabilities, believing the country's arsenal was improving with every test, and that it posed a "direct threat" to the United States.

North Korea already deploys Scud-class missiles for combat use. The command said it was working on a more detailed assessment of the missile launch.

On Sunday, North Korea state media reported that there had been a test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and released pictures of the launch, which was supposedly watched by Kim Jong-un.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's latest missile test may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing USA and South Korean forces in the region that it can strike them at will.

North Korea early Monday test-fired a ballistic missile, according to South Korea's military as Seoul officials swiftly responded by convening a national security meeting.

The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions previous year to pile pressure on Pyongyang and deny the regime the hard currency needed to fund its military programmes.

North Korea says its weapons programme is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.

'And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russian Federation as well'.

Monday's launch marked the communist nation's ninth missile test this year and brings the world closer to World War 3.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also vowed action along with other nations to deter Pyongyang's repeated provocations.

"As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the worldwide community", Abe said.

"We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely", the USA military said in the statement. "U.S".

Seoul's new liberal administration has said Pyongyang's repeated test launches were dashing hopes for peace on the Korean peninsula.

It's the latest in a string of test launches by North Korea as it seeks to build nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the US mainland, a drive that puts North Korea high on the list of foreign policy worries for Japan, Washington and Seoul. "We are simply running out of time". But it has recently developed a Scud variant, called the Scud-ER (extended range), capable of traveling as far as 1,000 km, putting parts of Japan within range.

On Tuesday the US military will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

The Japanese government strongly denounced the North as the missile appears to have landed in waters near its territory.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

If so, they would be sent home, said the ministry, which handles ties with the North.

  • Zachary Reyes