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Serious WW3: Kim Jong Nuke fired yet another missile now range 500km, THAAD sucked it!

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    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-seoul-8869408


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    SEOUL: North Korea Sunday (May 21) test-fired a ballistic missile which travelled about 500km, just a week after a previous launch sparked international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions.

    South Korea's new President Moon Jae In called a National Security Council meeting in response to the latest launch, Yonhap news agency reported.

    The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it could not yet identify the type of missile fired from Pukchang in South Pyongan province but it travelled about 500 km (311 miles).

    "Our military is closely monitoring signs for additional provocation by the North Korean military and we are keeping a full military readiness," a statement said.

    The Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile fired on May 14 flew around 700km - further than any previous North Korean ballistic missile - and according to Pyongyang could carry a nuclear warhead.
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    Analysts said it represented a significant step forward in the North's weapons capabilities as it accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

    The launches, and a threatened sixth nuclear test have fuelled tension with the administration of US president Donald Trump, who has vowed that such an ICBM launch "won't happen".

    Pyongyang has long had missiles that can reach targets across the South and Japan.

    With an imputed range of 4,500 kilometres the Hwasong-12 also puts US bases on the Pacific island of Guam within reach.

    The UN Security Council met behind closed doors last Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after its May 14 launch.

    US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was working with China, Pyongyang's main ally, on a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries must step up action against North Korea or face measures themselves.

    "We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is: 'No more. This is not play time. This is serious. These threats are not welcome'," Haley told reporters ahead of the meeting.

    "If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it," Haley said.

    The North says it needs missiles and nuclear weapons to deter any attack by the United States.

    State newspaper Minju Joson Sunday threatened more launches.

    "If the U.S. persists in confrontation with the DPRK (North Korea), the latter will show how the crime-woven history of the US is put to an end," it said.

    "Many more 'Juche weapons' capable of striking the US will be launched from this land. This is the DPRK's answer to the Trump administration," it said, referring to the national philosophy of "Juche" or self-reliance.
    Source: AFP/hs
     
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    I am not sure why the US wasted so much money sending its THAAD missiles and carrier task task to North Korea when it is certain that at the end of the day, nobody has the balls to start a war.
     
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-war-kim-jong-un-south-korea-a7739881.html


    High possibility of war with North Korea, warns new South Korean president

    'We will sternly deal with the North, together with the international community'

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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said there is a "high possibility" of war with North Korea, as he warned its recent missile launch is a serious threat to global peace.

    "The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line," Moon was quoted as saying by the presidential Blue House.

    "We will sternly deal with the North, together with the international community," Mr Moon said during a visit to the Defence Ministry in Seoul, Younhap News Agency reported.

    He also said the the country's military was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.
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    "North Korea launched a missile four days ago and claims to have succeeded in launching an intermediate-range ballistic missile," Mr Moon said.

    "Launching ballistic missiles is a serious provocation that violates UN Security Council resolutions, as well as being a serious challenge to global peace and stability. We will never tolerate such North Korean provocations and nuclear threats," he added.

    Mr Moon's comments came hours after the South, which hosts 28,500 US troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as the South Korean president seeks a two-track policy involving sanctions and dialogue to try to rein in its neighbour.

    South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng told reporters the government's most basic stance is that communication lines between South and North Korea should reopen.

    "The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet," said Lee.
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    North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the US mainland and has ignored calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally.

    The reclusive state claimed to have successfully conducted a missile test proving it has the capacity to carry a "large scale nuclear warhead".

    North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
     
  4. Ang4MohTrump

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    Fucktard Beggar Ang Moh Trump still asked the Korean Kim Chi to $$PAY$$FOR$$ the Expensive and Useless THAAD, Kim Chi replied = LJ!

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    http://news.antiwar.com/2017/04/28/south-korea-rejects-trumps-demand-they-pay-for-missile-defense/


    South Korea Rejects Trump’s Demand They Pay for Missile Defense

    Trump Insists System 'Most Incredible Equipment'
    by Jason Ditz, April 28, 2017
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    President Trump has repeatedly made clear that he likes the idea of getting other countries to pay for US military operations that benefit them, and that showed up today in the ongoing buildup on the Korean Peninsula, with Trump talking up how incredible the THAAD missile defense system is, and that it “would be appropriate” for South Korea to pay for the billion dollar system’s deployment.

    South Korea didn’t like that idea too much, and since the THAAD deployment is subject to an actual agreement, they were quick to point out that the agreement required them to provide a site and infrastructure for the deployment, while the US paid for deployment and operation.

    The THAAD is intended to protect targets in the area around Korea from North Korean missiles, though its effectiveness in actual situations is seen by most experts as extremely limited, and the it would be of little use if the US did launch a full-scale war against North Korea, as most retaliation would be artillery, not missiles.

    Trump’s notion that he might be about to get South Korea to pay for the costly system is the latest in a string of such notions that has come very much after the fact, with the US already having agreements in place that don’t oblige the other nation to offer them any sort of payment,, and no real reason for anyone to expect that they’d suddenly offer to do so just because Trump suggested it would be “appropriate” of them to offer.



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    There had been high possibility of war with North Korea for decades over several incidents. None led to actual war.
     
  6. Huat A Fuck!

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    WAF? Isn't that cutting edge THAAD supposed to be intercepting North Korean missiles? Why is it sitting there doing NOTHING? HUAT A FUCK?
     
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    The previous president who invited THAAD to Korea is now locked up behind bars. HUAT A FUCK!
     
  8. virus

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    pls lor, keep at home merica has to pay, shift it to seoul and make korean pay protection money x3.
     
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    That only one paying for it besides the Pentagon is Lotte corp. They lost a good piece of golf course property and most of their branches in chinkland are now shuttered due to chink boycott.
     
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    i tell u why
    but can u tell us how much benefit u received for
    sucking pee And pEE cock ?

    here the reasons-
    it keeps the military industries alive and ensure they make a lot $$$$$
    carrier task task is what ah ? balls carriers ?
    carrier task force sent to south korea is to show support to cock suckers
    like jipon and south korea and taiwan. show show onli.
    who said nobody has the balls to start a war ? u said one ah ?
    war not started yet because the Israel and the bankers don't
    want to have a war now.
     
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    not just paying for it, seoul will have to pay for more arms, and more us foot soldiers on their soil more training, etc. tat's why is x3.

    merica is bankrupt, only way forward is to stir shit and improve arms sales to save american jobs. the mother of all shit was not dropped in Afghanistan for nothing.
     
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    This time US & Allies failed to even foresee any launch like all the other previous times, that means Kim Jong Nuke's readiness is very good now, he can very quickly without showing any sign or preparation, from completely looking normal, to suddenly fire a big nuke, without any preamble warning signs. Previously, US satellites could detect preparation of missile test launches, previously weeks ahead, later days ahead, and now in complete surprise!


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    https://www.rt.com/news/389102-north-korea-missile-launch/



    US and Japan confirm N. Korea conducted missile launch
    Published time: 21 May, 2017 09:23
    Edited time: 21 May, 2017 14:11
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    US and Japan confirm N. Korea conducted missile launch
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    The US and Japan have confirmed that North Korea fired a missile just one week after it launched its Hwasong-12 rocket. The new missile had a shorter range, according to Washington, and possibly landed off Japan’s east coast, inflicting no damage to ships in the area.
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    © KCNA N. Korea missile tests: UNSC threatens Pyongyang with sanctions, says launches must stop

    “The US mainland and the Pacific operational theater are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state agency KCNA said in its announcement of the test, as cited by Reuters.

    The ballistic missile reached an altitude of about 560km (348 miles), according to a South Korean military official. An earlier Reuters report suggested that the missile flew about 500km and landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

    South Korean military officials said it was a solid-fuel rocket, in contrast to last week’s liquid-fuel test rocket. Solid-fuel rockets, such as those used in previous submarine-launched tests, are considered more complex to design and operate, but are more stable, and offer greater long-term military capability.

    The White House said that the rocket had a shorter range than those fired during the three recent tests.

    “We are aware that North Korea launched a [medium-range ballistic missile]. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea’s three most recent tests,” a White House official said, as cited by Reuters.

    “The ongoing testing is disappointing, disturbing and we ask that they cease that,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview with Fox News.

    Tokyo has already condemned the launch, describing it as an “intolerable” move, clearly violating UN Security Council resolutions.

    Japan will not tolerate North Korea’s “repeated acts of provocation,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference later on Sunday.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday that he wants to address the North Korean missile launches at the G7 summit in Italy later this month.

    “I would like to have a thorough discussion about this at the G7 summit,” Abe told reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council, according to Reuters.

    Abe added that it is crucial to cooperate with Russia and China in dealing with the issue of North Korea’s missile tests.

    South Korea and Japan, Pyongyang’s immediate neighbors, have set up urgent meetings of their respective security councils, according to media in both states.

    South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said the country’s military and the US were conducting a thorough analysis of the launch, according to Reuters.

    North Korea's program of missile tests is 'reckless, irresponsible & destabilizing' - pokesman at US Pacific Command https://t.co/RTKkHRAHBF
    — RT (@RT_com) April 9, 2017

    European states also condemned the incident, with the German Foreign Ministry releasing a statement that said that “the international community mustn’t and won’t get used to tests like these.”

    The test comes a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new type of ballistic missile capable of delivering a full-size nuclear warhead.

    On Monday, the UN Security Council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no such tests again, stating it was crucial that North Korea “immediately show sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action.”

    Last week’s test involved what Pyongyang said was a long-range ballistic missile. The rocket reportedly covered a distance of 700km, with an altitude reported by some media outlets to be up to 2,000km, before falling into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese military estimates.


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    Kim Jong Nuke very Professional in Missiles Technology already:


    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...arhead-guidance--ready-for-deployment-8871100


    North Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment
    North Korea said on Monday it has successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit U.S. targets.
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    FILE PHOTO: A view of the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 guided by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the spot, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang February 13, 2017. KCNA/Handout via Reuters/File Photo
    22 May 2017 11:25AM (Updated: 22 May 2017 11:50AM)
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    SEOUL: North Korea said on Monday it had successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit U.S. targets.

    The North's KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test which also verified the functioning of the solid-fuel engine for the Pukguksong-2 missile and ordered it for deployment in field action.

    North Korea has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally, saying the weapons are needed for legitimate self-defence. The North last conducted a ballistic missile test a week ago.

    "Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, he approved the deployment of this weapon system for action," KCNA said, quoting leader Kim Jong Un.

    The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine's operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead, KCNA said.

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    "Viewing the images of the Earth being sent real-time from the camera mounted on the ballistic missile, Supreme leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so beautiful," KCNA said.

    The use of solid fuel presents great advantages for weapons because the fuel is more stable and can be transported easily in the missile's tank allowing for a launch on very short notice.

    The Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 500 km (310 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km, and landed in waters off the North Korea's east coast, South Korea's military said on Sunday.

    S.KOREA QUESTIONS RE-ENTRY TECHNOLOGY

    On Monday, the South's military said the test provided more "meaningful data" for the North's missile programme but whether the North mastered the re-entry technology for the warhead needs additional analysis to verify the North's claims of advances.

    The reclusive state has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland. On Saturday, it said it had developed the capability to strike the U.S. mainland, although Western missile experts say the claim is exaggerated.

    The North has yet to demonstrate it has successfully miniaturised a nuclear warhead to mount on a ballistic missile despite claims to having mastered the technology.

    On Monday, KCNA said the latest test follows the successful test last week of another missile that has put Hawaii and Alaska within range.

    Experts say solid fuel engines and mobile launchers make it more difficult to detect signs of launch preparations.

    "For military purposes, solid-fueled missiles have the advantage that they have the fuel loaded in them and can be launched quickly after they are moved to a launch site," David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a blog post.

    "Building large solid missiles is difficult," he said, adding it took decades for major superpowers such as France and China to go from a medium-range missile to an intercontinental ballistic missile.

    "So this is not something that will happen soon, but with time North Korea will be able to do it," Wright said.

    U.S., JAPAN WARN OF MORE ECONOMIC PRESSURE

    An official travelling with U.S. President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia said the White House was aware of the latest launch and noted that the missile had a shorter range than the three previous missiles that North Korea had tested.

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said economic and diplomatic pressure would continue to be applied to North Korea.

    "We can not absolutely tolerate the missile launch on May 21 and repeated provocative remarks and actions by North Korea," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday.

    "It is important to lower North Korea’s foreign currency earnings and prevent nuclear missile related shipment and technological transfer in order to prevent North Korea’s nuclear missile development. We will fully implement our own sanctions against North Korea."

    The two missile tests in a week complicate plans by South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in to seek ways to reduce tension on the peninsula.

    Moon took office on May 10 after winning an election on a platform of a more moderate approach to the North, with which the South is still technically at war since no peace treaty was signed at the end of their 1950-1953 conflict.

    On Monday, the South's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said while Seoul will respond firmly to any provocations by the North, "it would not be desirable to have ties between the South and the North severed."

    Requests by South Koreans to resume exchange with the North will be considered "flexibly" within the range such interaction will not violate any existing sanctions, Lee added.

    All civilian exchange across the border has been suspended following toughed bilateral sanctions imposed by Seoul last year. The South halted a decade of improving ties in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean navy ship, which Seoul has blamed on the North. Pyongyang denies any involvement.

    (Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Additional reporting by Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO; Editing by Michael Perry)
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    https://www.rt.com/news/389102-north-korea-missile-launch/



    N. Korea declares latest ballistic missile launch a success
    Published time: 21 May, 2017 09:23
    Edited time: 21 May, 2017 22:34
    N. Korea declares latest ballistic missile launch a success
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    Pyongyang said it has successfully tested the Pukguksong-2 intermediate range ballistic missile, after it was detected landing off Japan’s east coast, causing no damage. The nuclear-capable missile was launched just one week after the previous test by North Korea.
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally supervised the test of the new missile, which the KCNA state news agency said verified the reliability of the late-stage guidance system of the nuclear warhead and tested its solid-fuel engine, Reuters reported.

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    © KCNAN. Korea missile tests: UNSC threatens Pyongyang with sanctions, says launches must stop
    Earlier, the US and Japan confirmed that North Korea fired a missile just one week after it launched its Hwasong-12 rocket.

    “The US mainland and the Pacific operational theater are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state agency KCNA said in its announcement of the test, as cited by Reuters.

    The ballistic missile reached an altitude of about 560km (348 miles), according to a South Korean military official. An earlier Reuters report suggested that the missile flew about 500km and landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

    South Korean military officials said it was a solid-fuel rocket, in contrast to last week’s liquid-fuel test rocket. Solid-fuel rockets, such as those used in previous submarine-launched tests, are considered more complex to design and operate, but are more stable, and offer greater long-term military capability.

    The White House said that the rocket had a shorter range than those fired during the three recent tests.

    “We are aware that North Korea launched a [medium-range ballistic missile]. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea’s three most recent tests,” a White House official said, as cited by Reuters.

    “The ongoing testing is disappointing, disturbing and we ask that they cease that,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview with Fox News.

    Tokyo has already condemned the launch, describing it as an “intolerable” move, clearly violating UN Security Council resolutions.

    Japan will not tolerate North Korea’s “repeated acts of provocation,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference later on Sunday.


    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday that he wants to address the North Korean missile launches at the G7 summit in Italy later this month.

    “I would like to have a thorough discussion about this at the G7 summit,” Abe told reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council, according to Reuters.

    Abe added that it is crucial to cooperate with Russia and China in dealing with the issue of North Korea’s missile tests.

    South Korea and Japan, Pyongyang’s immediate neighbors, have set up urgent meetings of their respective security councils, according to media in both states.

    South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said the country’s military and the US were conducting a thorough analysis of the launch, according to Reuters.

    European states also condemned the incident, with the German Foreign Ministry releasing a statement that said that “the international community mustn’t and won’t get used to tests like these.”


    The test comes a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new type of ballistic missile capable of delivering a full-size nuclear warhead.

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    FILE PHOTO © KCNA
    'N. Korea impasse unchanged: More military posturing, sanctions to come'
    On Monday, the UN Security Council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no such tests again, stating it was crucial that North Korea “immediately show sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action.”

    Last week’s test involved what Pyongyang said was a long-range ballistic missile. The rocket reportedly covered a distance of 700km, with an altitude reported by some media outlets to be up to 2,000km, before falling into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese military estimates.

    ‘North Korea nervous over existential threat’
    “North Korea wants to continue to attract global attention, it wants to continue to exert pressure on the US and on South Korea. It is preparing itself to achieve the ultimate objective of being able to attack the US with nuclear long-range missiles,” political scientist Joseph Cheng told RT via video link from Hong Kong. “However, it seems to be exercising a little bit of self-restrain as nuclear tests at this stage are seen to be too provocative at the moment.”

    Analyst Andrew Leung believes that the latest test should not lead to a further escalation of hostilities, but must result in a fundamental attitude change towards Pyongyang.

    “The North Korean regime is getting nervous, because what they fear is that there is an international plot led by the US to overthrow the regime – and that is a complete existential threat,” Leung said to RT. “Threatening North Korea will only provoke it further, what it needs is long-term assurance of non-regime change, and a verifiable denuclearization program. But it is more important to lift some of the sanctions, and give economic aid to transform the North Korean economy
     
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    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...ifications--ready-for-mass-production-8870264

    North Korea says missile meets all specifications, ready for mass-production


    North Korea said on Monday it has successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit US targets.
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to North Korean scientists and technicians, who developed missile "Hwasong-12" in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA/via REUTERS)
    22 May 2017 06:15AM
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    SEOUL: North Korea said on Monday it had successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, indicating advances in its ambitions to be able to hit the United States.

    The North fired the missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday, its second missile test in a week, which South Korea said dashed the hopes of the South's new liberal government under President Moon Jae-in for peace between the neighbours.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, which confirmed reliable late-stage guidance of the warhead and the functioning of a solid-fuel engine, the KCNA state news agency said.

    It quoted Kim as saying the Pukguksong-2 met all the required technical specifications so should now be mass-produced and deployed to the Korean People's Army strategic battle unit.

    Pyongyang has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally, saying the weapons are needed for defence against U.S. aggression.
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    The U.N. Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss the latest test, which defies Security Council resolutions and sanctions, at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea, diplomats said on Sunday.

    The test could also alter the dynamics of Moon's plan to review a controversial deployment of the THAAD U.S. anti-missile system in the South that is angrily opposed by China, which sees its powerful radar as a threat to its security.

    "Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, he approved the deployment of this weapon system for action," KCNA said, quoting Kim.

    "EARTH IS BEAUTIFUL"

    The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine's operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead, KCNA said.

    "Viewing the images of the Earth being sent real-time from the camera mounted on the ballistic missile, Supreme leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so beautiful," KCNA said.

    The use of solid fuel presents advantages for weapons because the fuel is more stable and can be transported easily in the missile's tank allowing for a launch at very short notice.

    The Pukguksong-2 flew about 500 km (310 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km, South Korea's military said.

    The South's military said the test provided more "meaningful data" for the North's missile programme but whether the North mastered the re-entry technology for the warhead needs additional analysis.

    The reclusive state has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland and on Saturday said it had developed the capability, although Western missile experts say the claim is exaggerated.

    Some experts believe it will be 2030 or later for the North to develop the technology. But KCNA said last week's missile test put Hawaii and Alaska within range.

    North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States which it accuses of preparing for invasion. South Korea hosts 28,500 U.S. troops to counter the threat from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

    JAPAN "CANNOT TOLERATE LAUNCH"

    Experts say solid fuel engines and mobile launchers make it more difficult to detect signs of launch preparations.

    "For military purposes, solid-fuelled missiles have the advantage that they have the fuel loaded in them and can be launched quickly after they are moved to a launch site," David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a blog post.

    "Building large solid missiles is difficult," he said, adding it took decades for major superpowers such as France and China to go from a medium-range missile to an intercontinental ballistic missile.

    U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible, and in a show of force, sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said economic and diplomatic pressure would continue.

    "We cannot absolutely tolerate the missile launch on May 21 and repeated provocative remarks and actions by North Korea," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday.

    "It is important to lower North Korea’s foreign currency earnings and prevent nuclear missile related shipment and technological transfer in order to prevent North Korea’s nuclear missile development. We will fully implement our own sanctions against North Korea."

    China repeated its call for all parties to exercise restraint to not let tension mount further.

    On Monday, the South's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said while Seoul will respond firmly to any provocations by the North, "it would not be desirable to have ties between the South and the North severed."

    Moon took office on May 10 after winning an election on a platform of a more moderate approach to the North, with which the South is still technically at war since no peace treaty was signed at the end of their 1950-1953 conflict.

    (Additional reporting by Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Michael Perry and Nick Macfie)
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    North Korea releases photos of missile ability

    Pictures of the missile launch released by North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun. The North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as saying that the Pukguksong-2 met technical specifications and should now be mas
    Pictures of the missile launch released by North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun. The North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as saying that the Pukguksong-2 met technical specifications and should now be mass-produced and deployed.PHOTOS: RODONG SINMUN
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    Pictures of earth taken from missile suggest it has mastered atmospheric re-entry technology

    SEOUL • North Korea has, for the first time, released photographs of earth, in an effort to show off its ability in atmospheric re-entry, a day after it test-fired another medium-range ballistic missile.

    The photos were reportedly taken with a camera installed on the ballistic missile when it was entering the atmosphere, the Yonhap news agency said yesterday.

    Technology for atmospheric re-entry is a key element in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile as it needs to withstand heat and pressure when it re-enters the atmosphere from space, reported The Korea Herald.

    Pyongyang has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the start of last year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. The Pentagon is sceptical about whether Pyongyang has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure that the missile survives returning to earth's atmosphere.
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    "The disclosure of the photos seems to be intended to show off its confidence in its atmospheric re- entry technology to the world," said senior researcher Yang Uk of Seoul-based think-tank Korea Defence Forum, as quoted by Yonhap.

    The missile tested on Sunday took off from a location near Pukchang, north-east of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The Pukguksong-2 missile flew 500km, reaching an altitude of 560km before falling in waters off the country's east coast, the South Korean military said. It had a shorter range than the three previous missiles tested.

    The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as saying that the Pukguksong-2 met all the required technical specifications and should now be mass-produced and deployed to the strategic battle unit of the Korean People's Army.

    The KCNA added that the test verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine's operation and stage separation, as well as the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead that was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead.

    A total of 58 colour photos of the earth were made public yesterday by Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, Yonhap reported.

    "Viewing the images of earth being sent real-time from the camera mounted on the ballistic missile, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so beautiful," the KCNA reported.

    Seoul to be 'flexible' with North

    SEOUL • South Korea's Unification Ministry said yesterday that it will flexibly review major inter-Korean issues such as civilian exchanges with North Korea.

    Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk Haeng said that the main inter-Korean issues, including civilian exchanges, will be flexibly reviewed within the limits of the framework of the international community's sanctions on the North.

    Mr Lee said the current severing of inter-Korean relations is not desirable, considering the goal of stability on the peninsula.

    South Korean President Moon Jae In's predecessor, Park Geun Hye, had championed continued humanitarian aid to North Korea regardless of the political situation, but the aid has been severed since Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January last year.

    Now that Mr Moon has taken office, expectations are running high for the resumption of humanitarian aid and civilian exchanges between the two sides.

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    Yonhap said it was the first time the North has released earth photos taken from a launched missile.

    The United Nations Security Council is due to meet today behind closed doors to discuss the latest test, at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea.

    China has continued to call for dialogue to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, reported Agence France-Presse.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing yesterday: "The (UN) Security Council has clear stipulations prohibiting (North Korea) against using ballistic missiles and China opposes this as well... We urge all sides to avoid provoking each other and continue on the right track of dialogue and consultation."

    While the North boasted about its earth photos, the South's military said additional analysis is needed to verify Pyongyang's claim of advances in terms of mastering the re-entry technology for the warhead, said Reuters.




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