Now, South Korea test fires 800km-range missile

Pablo Tucker
April 7, 2017

"The President emphasised that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose", the White House said in a readout of the telephonic conversation between the two leaders. Robinson told the Senate Armed Services Committee, "I'm confident, should he do that".

Trump has called on Beijing, Pyongyang's closest ally, to exert more pressure on Kim Jong-un's regime to abandon the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Robinson is the top officer at U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado.

If deployed, the new missile would cover all of North Korea even when fired from the southern region of the South.

Kim, the analyst, also said it's likely the North will continue to test-fire missiles over the next few months as it continues to pursue a reliable nuclear-tipped missile that can reach the mainland U.S. Fired from anywhere in South Korea, the missile could hit any target in the North.

A US official said Wednesday's missile test ended in failure when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean in a fiery crash.

The constant testing has deepened concern especially in nearby Japan and neighboring South Korea - and also in Washington over fears that Pyongyang could soon develop a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at Sejong Institute outside Seoul, said that could come in the form of another nuclear or ICBM test after the summit.

North Korea has carried out several SLBM tests near Sinpo.

North Korea failed in an attempt to launch a ballistic missile from its east coast two weeks ago.

Abe also told Trump that Japan is paying attention to how China handles the issue of North Korea.

The U.S. launched a barrage of cruise missiles at an air base on Thursday night (local time) in retaliation for the latest chemical weapon attack for which Washington blames Assad.

So North Korea may not have minded giving a fresh look of its capabilities ahead of the Trump-Xi summit while sticking to its own weapons development schedule, said Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Seoul's Dongguk University.

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