North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile
- Author: Kyle Warner May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 6:37
Scuds are capable of striking at American troops in South Korea, for instance, and two newly developed missiles tested earlier this month have potential ranges that include Japan, Guam and even, according to some South Korean analysts, Alaska.
Abe described the launch as a provocation and said leaders at the recent G-7 meeting confirmed that deterring North Korea's nuclear ambitions was a "top priority for the worldwide community" and that Japan would work closely with the US and South Korea to "make the utmost efforts to ensure people's safety".
"North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile.but China is trying hard!" he wrote on Twitter. South Korean defense chiefs also criticized the North and said it would face "strong punishment from our military", according to CNN.
A South Korean military official said the North fired one missile on Monday, clarifying an earlier assessment that there may have been more than one launch.
The accuracy claims, if true, would represent a potentially significant advancement in North Korea's missile program.
The test shows growing concern in the US about the pace and progress Pyongyang is making in its missile development.
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A U.S. Navy spokesman in South Korea did not give specific timing for the strike group's planned drill.
He said China, the North's only major ally, has been increasingly using its influence over North Korea.The reclusive state rejects United Nations and unilateral sanctions by other states against its weapons program as an infringement of its right to self defence and says the program is necessary to counter USA aggression.North Korea has attempted seven missile tests in 2017, including two recent tests in one week alone, keeping the world on edge.
North Korea on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches that have ratcheted up tensions over its quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the United States.
The goal of having a reliable defense against long-range missiles has taken on added urgency with North Korea's vow to threaten the US with a nuclear-armed missile. China is North Korea's only major ally.
But the Pentagon said the test targets America's readiness to counter threats from any nation, not just North Korea.
"This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea".
The vast majority of North Korea's trade is with China.