Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

North Korea missile program progressing faster than expected, Seoul says

North Korea missile program progressing faster than expected, Seoul says

North Korea said Monday that its long-range ballistic missiles, tested with stunning success over the weekend, can reach the USA mainland carrying a nuclear warhead.

Some experts, including officials in Tokyo, estimate that Sunday's launch successfully tested a new type of missile, potentially the longest in Pyongyang's arsenal.

North Korea boasted early Monday that the latest launch was personally supervised by leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea has rebuffed cries for it to cease missile and nuclear testing, calling each of them acts of self defense.

A missile is being launched from an undisclosed location in North Korea on Sunday. The launch is perceived to be a threat to South Korea, the US and even most nations around the globe.

The test "represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", John Schilling, an aerospace expert, said in an analysis on the US-based 38 North website.

Leader Kim Jong-Un's ambition is to develop a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on ABC television that the United States has been working well with China, Pyongyang's closest ally, and raised the possibility of new sanctions against North Korea, including on oil imports.

"The DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] will bolster its self-defense capabilities as long as the United States continues its hostile policies toward the DPRK and imposes nuclear threats and makes blackmail", North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi told the U.N. Conference on Disarmament Tuesday in Geneva.

But its latest missile launch came only four days into Moon's tenure and he slammed it as a "reckless provocation", saying dialogue would be possible "only if Pyongyang changes its behaviour".

"If (electrical) circuits break and a trigger device fails to detonate nuclear fuel, you can imagine that only some twisted metal will fall on Alaska or Hawaii, even if North Korea fires missiles at them", said Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies.

Pundits believe Pyongyang's latest provocation will provide a hard litmus test for South Korea's newly-elected President Moon Jae-in. "South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us", Spicer continued.

"The greatest responsibility for bringing North Korea to its senses. lies with China", Turnbull says. North Korea on Monday, May 1.

According to previous Security Council resolutions, the DPRK is banned from conducting any launches that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests or any other provocation.

US President Donald Trump's administration has made North Korea a priority security issue.

North Korea's latest ballistic missile test may be almost as big a deal as its propaganda machine claims.

It also tested the North's capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", KCNA said.

"Russia doesn't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but the response from officials in Moscow has been minimal because they know Russian Federation isn't one of Pyongyang's targets", he added.

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