Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

Posted April 12, 2017

The launch came as South Korean and USA troops were conducting annual military drills, which the North views as an invasion rehearsal. "We have no further comment", he said in a statement.

"It spun out of control after going only a fraction of its range", the official said.

"North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile".

The match comes as the North's nuclear ambitions top the agenda at a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that follows Pyongyang's latest missile launch this week, in violation of United Nations resolutions and condemned by the Security Council.

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President Donald Trump had warned on Sunday in an interview with Financial Times that he could take unilateral action to eliminate North Korea's nuclear threat.

The head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force General John Hyten, told a Senate panel this week that "although North Korea is not an existential threat", it's "the most unsafe and unpredictable actor in the Pacific region".

The extended-range Scud missile suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to USA imagery and assessments, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the launch publicly. When conducting nuclear and missiles tests in recent years, it has cited what it calls increasing USA military threats.

South Korea says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast. The U.S. also will test avionics updates to the booster rocket built by Orbital ATK Inc. that carries an improved version of a hit-to-kill conventional warhead, Missile Defense Agency officials have said.

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The only previous encounter between them in Pyongyang was a pro-unification match between the men's teams in 1990, when both used a flag showing the whole of the Korean peninsula and their respective anthems were not played. But unlike the KN-15, which uses solid fuel, the missile fired Wednesday used liquid fuel and was sacked from a fixed location, rather than a mobile launcher, the official said. According to Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling party, new kinds of strategic weapons will soar if the US and South Korea will continue the annual war drills, Yonhap News reported.

The firing was made as South Korean and USA troops were conducting annual military drills that the North views as an invasion rehearsal.

Trump has called on Beijing, Pyongyang's closest ally, to exert more pressure on Kim Jong-un's regime to abandon the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. The report was confirmed by South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The United States, South Korea and others call North Korea's space program a cover for its long-range missile development program. North Korea sees the drills as an invasion rehearsal. On March 6, Pyongyang fired four medium-range ballistic missiles from Tongchang-ri region - near the border with China - toward the Sea of Japan, three of which fell in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

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