North Korea conducts another missile test

USA officials have warned that North Korea is on the path to successfully developing an ICMB capable of hitting the United States unless something changes.

US officials tell FOX the test could be used for a future inter-continental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States or for a new rocket engine to put a satellite into space.

North Korea has conducted the test of a rocket engine that could be seen as part of the North's program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, Reuters reported, citing a U.S. official.

A midrange ballistic missile was launched from a test site in Hawaii, but an interceptor missile launched from USS John Paul Jones missed the target, the agency said.

Moon's election as South Korea's new president had many in the two countries nervous as his liberal views on how to approach the provocative North seemed to differ from those held by President Trump, widely considered to be hawkish even among strong critics of the communist North. All four tests including the one on Friday were successful.

North Korea said on 13 February it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile, triggering a US-led call for an urgent UN Security Council meeting after a launch seen as a challenge to President Donald Trump.

Despite worldwide condemnation, North Korea has increased its missile tests, with the aim of developing an intercontinental nuclear-armed rocket. "I'm an advocate of dialogue, but even dialogue is made possible by a powerful military, and even engagement is made possible by the ability to overpower North Korea".

Moon watched the test during a visit to the Agency for Defense Development's facility in Taean County, along South Korea's western coast in Chungcheongnam-do province.

Moon's visit to the missile test site came a day after he said in an interview with Reuters that stronger worldwide sanctions should be imposed on North Korea if it tests another nuclear weapon or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

Saying that he wanted to evaluate South Korea's missile capability for himself, Moon added that he is now reassured.

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