S.Korean President witnesses test of home-grown missile
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 6:25
Defiant North Korea has conducted another rocket engine test that can be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM capable enough of reaching the USA mainland.
"If Japan were to show its strong resolve in looking back on its past history and sending a message that such actions will never happen again. then I believe that this will go a long way in further developing its relations with not only Korea but also with many other Asian nations", he said, in a message that sounded a note of indirect pressure on Tokyo.
Citing an anonymous USA official, it reported Thursday Washington time that the North appeared to have conducted the test "within the past 24 hours".
The continental United States is around 9,000km from North Korea. Seoul's defense ministry said afterward Pyongyang had made "meaningful progress" in the new rocket engine.
China is seen as North Korea's main ally and the USA hopes Beijing can have greater influence on the totalitarian state to stop both its missile tests and nuclear programme. "The conversation will probably go smoothly if you talk about South Korea's history of joining the United States military in various places around the world", Haass was quoted as saying by the Blue House spokesperson.
North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and a top foreign policy priority, the statement said. It also conducted two nuclear tests past year as it pursues development of a long-range nuclear missile that could reach the USA mainland.
North Korea Ambassador to India Kye Chun-yong on Wednesday said Pyongyang is willing to employ a conditional moratorium on the country's tests should the United States come to the negotiating table. ICBMs have a minimum range of about 5,500km, but some are created to travel 10,000km or farther.
Park didn't say how far the Hyunmoo-2 missile flew or where it landed, but said it accurately hit its target area.
A medium-range ballistic missile was launched from a test range in Hawaii at 7:20 pm local time, but the interceptor missile fired at sea from USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer, missed the target.