Korea fires ballistic missile into eastern waters

"China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won't...."

The U.S. military's Pacific Command said initial assessments indicated the launch was of a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile, which would be the same kind North Korea test-launched in February.

The new missile could cover all of North Korea even when fired from a southern region of the country, it said.

North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility.

The House cleared a separate bill, 394-1, calling for the Trump administration to re-list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Since taking office, Trump has left open the possibility of military action against North Korea.

North Korea has denied using big global events to get outside attention in order to wrest concessions and aid.

"Pyongyang's evolving ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program underscore the growing threat", Hyten said. To avoid a military conflict, China and the United States will need to agree on a joint approach and move toward reviving the Six-Party Talks with North Korea.




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

And now, experts agree, North Korea is closing in on the ability to hit the United States with a missile, a goal that for decades has been the subject of Pyongyang's vivid propaganda posters.

Since then, China has been North Korea's quasi-protector, and the U.S. has protected South Korea, not least by keeping a large military deployment in the region even after the Cold War ended.

The statement denounced the North's missile launch, which took place on Tuesday Korean time, as a grave violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that ban Pyongyang from any ballistic missile activity because the technology could be used in making nuclear missiles.

In February US defence Secretary James Mattis reassured Washington's Asian allies and said any nuclear attack by North Korea would trigger an "effective and overwhelming" response following President Trump's inauguration.

Analysts says North might time nuclear and long-range rocket tests to the April 15 birthday of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the late grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un. It is likely to be an upgraded version of the submarine-launched missile named "Pukguksong" launched last summer.

If the launch doesn't have any political or diplomatic meaning, it could just be part of its bigger goal to build up a nuclear and missile arsenal.

Based on USA imagery and assessments, "the extended-range Scud (Scud ER) missile suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast", the news agency continued.

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