Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

North Korea claims Sunday's missile test was 'perfect'

North Korea claims Sunday's missile test was 'perfect'

"The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America", Cdr.

One could almost hear the "ho-hum" from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test.

The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in February.

Outsiders express more skepticism about North Korea's nuclear warhead claims.

The state-run KCNA news agency said the weapon was now ready to be deployed for military action.

North Korea said on Monday it successfully tested what it called an intermediate-range ballistic missile, which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, although United States officials and experts questioned the extent of its progress. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Saturday showcased its military muscles by parading all of its most-advanced ballistic and tactic missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile which could strike targets 1000 km away.

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It reached an altitude of 560 kilometers (347 miles), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, citing office rules. It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S.


Moon's admission comes against the backdrop of earlier South Korean statements that North Korea appears to be making greater progress with ballistic missiles than expected.

Its state media, meanwhile, have stepped up their calls for even more missile launches because of what the government says is an increasingly hostile policy from President Trump.

The North conducted two nuclear tests a year ago.

It was his second appearance before reporters Sunday after North Korea fired the missile that Japanese officials say may have been a new type given its flight time and unusually high altitude.

Analysts said the Hwasong travelled further than any previous ballistic missile launched by the North.

It stressed the importance of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearisation through concrete action".

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The six-party talks involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the US were initiated in 2003 with the aim of convincing Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions and resolve security concerns on the peninsula. It was the eighth ballistic missile launch by the North this year and came only one week after it launched another intermediate-range ballistic missile.

On Sunday US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson termed North Korea's missile testing "disappointing, disturbing" and said economic and diplomatic pressure would continue.

The missile, which was described by Washington as medium-range, was sacked from Pukchang in South Pyongan province and travelled about 500 kilometres (310 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to the South's armed forces.

They also agreed to "react to the latest provocation in a resolute manner" through steps including those at the United Nations Security Council, it said.

Experts say solid fuel engines and mobile launchers make it more hard to detect signs of launch preparations.

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