North Korea fires ballistic missile

As reported earlier, on Sunday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. The news agency cited the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying the missile had flown about 500 kilometers before splashing into waters east of the Korean Peninsula about 7:55 a.m. Sunday morning local time, and that "Seoul and Washington" were conducting a joint analysis.

"This was no surprise", the official said.

"It is also believed that it was an armed provocation to test the response from the new United States administration under President Trump", it added.

A source from the South Korean defense ministry told CNN that the launch was done from North Pyongan Province.

What's more, Trump rebuked Obama for not making a big public show of strength in response to past North Korean nuclear tests - and Trump meant an actual show, calling for a TV appearance. This was the latest in a series of tests in the past year, including North Korea's fifth of a nuclear device.

An official in the U.S. mission to the UN said in a statement that the United States anticipated a meeting to take place some time on Monday afternoon, NY time (Tuesday morning AEDT). Abe described the launch as "absolutely intolerable". Both were of intermediate-range Musudan missiles and both failed, according to USA and South Korean officials. An ICBM, as it's known, could have be loaded with a nuclear warhead and if successful, could reach the continental United States.

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The test of the "medium to long range missile" occurred on Sunday, coincidentally while President Trump was playing golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago.

"This demonstrates the irrational nature of the Kim Jong Un regime that has been fanatically obsessed with its nuclear and missile development", the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding the launch was an "explicit and clear violation" of United Nations resolutions.

Its KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile is yet to be tested, but Kim Jong Un declared on January 1st that his country was in the final stages of preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile test-launch.

Trump responded by tweeting "It won't happen!" It was the first test-firing of a North Korean missile since the U.S. Trump administration came into power.

South Korea's foreign ministry issued a statement calling North's missile test as an "explicit" violation of related U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Thae Yong-Ho, a former deputy ambassador to Britain who recently defected to Seoul, said Kim would never trade away the North´s nuclear arsenal no matter how large a financial incentive might be offered.

  • Megan Austin