North Korea says ballistic missile test successful

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31 May, 2017

North Korea's test launch of a short-range ballistic missile was the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying worldwide pressure and threats of more sanctions. But Trump gave China credit for "trying hard" to rein in North Korea's military ambitions.

"If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honoured to do it", Mr Trump has said.

Tensions have heightened between Washington and Pyongyang in recent months amid growing concerns about North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs.

This launch of a suspected Scud-type missile, which the South Korean military said flew about 280 miles, may also be an attempt to demonstrate North Korea's ability to strike USA and South Korean troops in the region.

"The missile was tracked for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan", it said in a statement on Monday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swiftly condemned the test - the second time this year that a North Korean missile has fallen close to its shores - vowing concerted action with the US.

"As agreed during the G7 summit, the North Korean problem is the worldwide community's top priority".

Even if successful, the $244 million test will not confirm the U.S.is capable of defending itself against an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea.

North Korea has said its latest ballistic missile launch was a success, South Korean media reported today.

Hwasong is North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles.

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He called on Japan to speak and act cautiously on the South China Sea and to play a constructive role as relevant countries in the region are making efforts to solve the issue properly.

"(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.

May 21: North Korea again tests the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2.

April 16: North Korea fires a missile off its east coast, but the launch apparently fails.

"Their ballistic missile capability will continue to threaten USA strategic interests in the Middle East", he said.

North Korea's nuclear ambitions have injected a new sense of urgency to building an effective defense against the country and actions of its unpredictable leader, Kim Jong Un, who is trying to develop a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the USA mainland.

Despite the threats of increased sanctions from worldwide powers, the pace at which North Korea is testing missiles seems to be gaining speed.

The trial is widely being considered a test of America's readiness and ability to deal with the possibility of a North Korean missile launch toward the United States mainland.

But China has made it clear that the push for talks - and not more sanctions - is its priority.


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