Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

N.Korea Lobs Missiles into East Sea

N.Korea Lobs Missiles into East Sea

In Washington, the United States missile defense chief voiced worries about the pace of development in the North's missile program.

In Washington, the US missile defense chief voiced concerns about the pace of development in the North's missile program.

Moon had also promised to review the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea. This is the site where earlier this week US aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan completed joint exercises with the South Korean navy.

"The advancements in the last six months have caused great concern to me and others in the advancement of and demonstration of technology of ballistic missiles from North Korea", said Syring.

The regime also tested a mid-range ballistic missile on May 29.

"Looking at North Korean data and the USA response to the launch, it appears to me that Pyongyang has indeed acquired re-entry technology".

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in warned Thursday that North Korea was in danger of missing out on development opportunities - hours after it launched a flurry of missiles.

Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon "affirmed the strength of the U.S. -Republic of Korea alliance" and "the need to sustain close coordination in addressing the threat from North Korea", during his meeting with South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong on June 1, a spokesperson told VOA.

Last month, North Korea debuted a new midrange missile that flew higher than missiles they previously tested, according to outside experts.

North Korea's claim of victory has not be independently verified.

The latest launch was the ninth missile test Pyongyang has conducted this year, the first being the test-firing of a Pukguksong-2 missile over the Sea of Japan, the first launch of the new medium-range ballistic missile.

Unless Washington sucks up its pride and sits down with the North Koreans, neither side can agree on a set of terms to convince Pyongyang to stop its nuclear tests or its non-stop missile launches.

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"Looking at North Korea's pattern of missile launches, it has been revealing what it brought to the recent military parade", said Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University's Far Eastern Studies in Seoul.

It comes less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state, which said it would continue to pursue its nuclear and weapons programme without delay.

Thursday's launch is also aimed at pressuring Seoul and Washington ahead of a planned summit between Moon and Trump late June, said Hong Hyun-Ik, analyst at the Sejong Institute think tank.

It also warned that it has the technology to strike the USA mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile.

The North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States - something President Trump has vowed "won't happen". Syring however assured United States lawmakers that America has the ability to defend itself against the North Korean threat.

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