North Korea is reportedly celebrating the test of a “perfect weapon system”
“We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and unsafe”, Putin told reporters after an global forum in Beijing.
Defense Minister Han Min-koo said at a meeting of the National Assembly’s defense committee that the THAAD’s radar in South Korea detected North Korea’s launch on Sunday, citing confirmation from the U.S.
“North Korea is capable of continuing to develop longer-range missiles”, physicist David Wright said, adding the regime’s longest test to date shows they are inching closer to a missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.
But Victor Cha, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said analysis shows that the missile could possibly reach United States military bases in Guam.
Trump also has flexed USA military muscle, though with little apparent effect in deterring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from his rapid tempo of weapons tests.
On Sunday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping launched a major trade and infrastructure summit with multiple world leaders in Beijing.
Although outside experts see several places where North Korea is likely stretching the truth, the missile launched Sunday appears to be the most powerful the country has ever tested.
The launch, if it is confirmed to be test-firing of a ballistic missile, is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight.
There’s also a political victory for North Korea.
The missile seems to have been equipped with a new, high-powered engine that was tested at the Tongchang-ri launch pad in remote North Pyongan Province in mid-March.
China remains one of North Korea’s only allies and is responsible for much of the heavily-sanctioned nation’s economy.
Leader Kim Jong-Un’s ambition is to develop a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States. While the test showed technological advances, 38 North said that North Korea isn’t yet able to put USA cities “at risk tomorrow, or any time this year”.
“Russia doesn’t want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but the response from officials in Moscow has been minimal because they know Russian Federation isn’t one of Pyongyang’s targets”, he added.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russian Federation on Sunday in a launch the United States called a message to South Korea days after its new president took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is condemning the latest North Korean ballistic missile test as a violation of Security Council resolutions and a threat to peace and security in the region.
US President Donald Trump called for tougher sanctions against Pyongyang. Afterward, a spokesman told reporters that Moon remains “open to the possibility of dialogue with North Korea” but that it’s only possible with a “change of attitude” in Pyongyang.
And the launch was made as a warning aimed at the United States who have made their presence known by sending warship Carl Vinson into North Korean waters.