Korea claims missile launch to be successful
- Author: Fernando Stephens May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 6:36
April 29: South Korean and US officials say a North Korean midrange ballistic missile, presumably a KN-17, failed shortly after launch. On Monday morning, a short-range ballistic missile traveled around 450km and landed in the Sea of Japan, 300km off the Japanese coast.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned that if a diplomatic solution can not be found for the situation with North Korea, "it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat".
"As agreed during the G7 summit, the North Korean problem is the global community's top priority".
The U.S. military on Tuesday successfully intercepted an intercontinental-range missile for the first time, a key test of its missile-defense system amid heightening tensions with North Korea.
Despite Trump's strident warnings, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in an interview which aired Sunday before the launch that a war with North Korea would be "catastrophic".
So far in 2017, North Korea has launched 12 missiles during nine tests and Kim is promising more to come.
May 26: Moon's government says it will allow a South Korean civic group to contact North Korea to help fight malaria.
"(The Chinese) have the lay of the land and so we're going to keep the pressure on China, but we're going to continue to work with them in any way that they think is best, and I think that we'll decide this week on what that looks like", Haley told reporters. As a result, North Korea is stepping up its development of advanced weapons that would allow the country to defend itself.
The goal of the unprecedented launch is to simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the USA homeland, officials said last week.
The U.S. already has a cyber attack program created to disrupt North Korean missiles. "North Korea is not too happy about this", said Looi.
As stated by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats during a briefing to Congress, "North Korea is an increasingly grave national security threat to the United States because of its growing missile and nuclear capabilities combined with the aggressive approach of its leader Kim Jong Un".
But China, the North's main trade partner and ally, has made it clear that the push for diplomatic talks - and not imposing more sanctions - is the priority. On Monday it pleaded again for dialogue.
Outside analysts believe North Korea may be able to arm some of its shorter-range missiles with nuclear warheads, though the exact state of the North's secretive weapons program is unknown.