North Korea successfully test fires new long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2017

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said the latest test shows Kim is "in a state of paranoia" and that Washington will "continue to tighten the screws" on his regime.

It appears to be the object that other countries believe was launched toward the Sea of Japan a day earlier.

North Korea says the missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

"As North Korea claimed that the U.S. mainland is within its striking range, I expect a tougher reaction from the USA and calls for further pressure and sanctions by the worldwide community", he said. Some experts said the missile could be an improved version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of flying a medium-to-long distance.

North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead".

North Korea is not thought to be able yet to make a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile, though some outside analysts think it can arm shorter-range missiles with warheads.


Mr Trump has earlier said he'd be "honoured" to talk with leader Kim Jong Un under favourable conditions.

North Korea has been testing missiles at a rapid rate over the past year.

While it wasn't immediately clear what type of missile was launched over the weekend, the U.S. Pacific Command said that "the flight is not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile".

Several nations have requested urgent consultations on North Korea, and a closed-door meeting is tentatively planned for Tuesday afternoon, CBS News' Pamela Falk reports.

But he slammed the latest missile test as a "reckless provocation" after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisers.

Moon, South Korea's first liberal leader in almost a decade, said as he took his oath of office last week that he'd be willing to visit the North if the circumstances were right.


The North fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russian Federation on Sunday in a launch that Washington called a message to South Korea, days after its new president took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.

Outside militaries and experts will closely analyze what the North fired.

Moon, a liberal who favors a more open policy toward North Korea, won the presidential election this week. The missile reportedly soared to a height of 1,312 miles and flew around 430 miles before splashing into the sea.

A statement from the White House called North Korea a "flagrant menace".

The launch is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four days ago and comes as US, Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.


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