Putin warns against ‘intimidation’ of North Korea after missile launch

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North Korea’s missile test on Sunday was the country’s most successful yet, according to analysts, who say Pyongyang may now have a weapon capable of hitting a key United States military base in the Pacific.

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 North Korea if the circumstances were right.

Kim said North Korea would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to ideal nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S.

The U.S. Pacific Command said Sunday’s test flight “is not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile”. This May 14, 2017, photo distributed by the North Korean government shows the “Hwasong-12”, a new type of ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

Korea Monday celebrated the launch, confirming the missile was capable of carrying a “heavy nuclear warhead”. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile.

He said Sunday’s launch – the seventh such firing by North Korea this year – may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fueled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

Tokyo clocked the missile as traveling about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and reaching a height of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) during its half-hour flight.

The North’s state media said Saturday that the nation will bolster its nuclear capability unless the United States abandons its hostile policy. The launch was supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, KCNA said, and the missile flew about 430 miles and reached an altitude of 1,312 miles. But if it was sacked at a standard trajectory, it would have a range of at least 4,000 km (2,500 miles), experts said.

Guam is situated around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southeast of North Korea.

Lee Dong-ryul, from South Korea’s Dongduk Women’s University, said that as China’s influence on North Korea shrank, one of the few effective measures left in Beijing’s toolkit was cutting off its oil supply to North Korea. During a 2016 test, the Musudan reached a height of 1,410 kilometers (880 miles). But the country has never carried out test flights of those rockets’ military versions.

North Korea has defied calls to curb its missile and nuclear weapons programs, testing its relationship with its lone major ally, China, which has always called for talks to resolve the issue, and prompting South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, to “strongly condemn” Sunday’s action.

The United States urged North Korea to stop destabilizing actions and rhetoric and called for tighter sanctions on Pyongyang after the communist nation successfully carried out a new missile test and threatened that the USA mainland is within its striking range.

Outsiders express more skepticism about North Korea’s nuclear warhead claims. Each new nuclear and longer-range missile test is part of the North’s attempt to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

Some experts say the missile’s claimed ability to carry heavy warheads would allow North Korea to deploy larger bombs or multiple warheads potentially capable of striking different targets.

Despite North Korea’s claim that Sunday’s test simulated a re-entry situation, South Korean defense officials say the North probably has yet to master the technology. “The speed at which a missile comes through the atmosphere creates an enormous amount of air pressure and heat”.

Subsequent missile tests suggest it has yet to achieve this goal, though it is making progress, as demonstrated by its most recent success.

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