N.Korea breakthrough in missile technology

  • N.Korea breakthrough in missile technology

N.Korea breakthrough in missile technology

Beijing also expressed its opposition to the test.

North Korea confirmed its test-firing of a precision-guided ballistic missile was "successful", the state-run news agency KCNA reported Tuesday, a day after the projectile landed in waters provocatively close to Japan.

The North's short-range ballistic missile traveled about 250 miles and splashed down in Japan's "exclusive economic zone" - an area where commercial ships are known to operate.

"It also verified ultra-precision guidance correctness in the re-entry section", it said. Experts claim the missile would have flown a much greater distance if launched on a maximum trajectory, perhaps capable of reaching military bases in Guam.

The deployment of the American THAAD system in South Korea has been criticised in the country, especially from locals who believe it could draw North Korean attention to their towns.

The US system has successfully hit its target in only nine of 17 tests since 1999.

"My first inclination is to assume that the North Korean missile was not very accurate". The launch marked the North's ninth missile test this year and the third in about a week.

A new version of the military's long-range ground-based interceptor missile will be tested, the reports said.

Many analysts doubt if the North has developed an ICBM or a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop a missile.

Meanwhile, Moon ordered an investigation into how the final components of a controversial US missile shield had arrived in South Korea without his knowledge. China is North Korea's only major ally. After Pyongyang's missile test on Sunday, Trump took to Twitter, casting the launch as an affront on China. "With the Musudan tests, there were five failures, then a success, then two more failures", he said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday for "strong action" during telephone talks with South Korean President Moon jae-In about the latest launch.

"North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbour, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile", the President tweeted.

This was North Korea's second missile test in a week, coming even after the United Nations threatened more sanctions and G-7 leaders condemned the North. The test comes amid the growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

"Today's launch is the North's way of saying to the world, "It wouldn't be easy to make us suspend our weapons programmes even if you manage to pressure me into negotiations". The presence of US bombers "provides assurances to our allies and strengthens security and stability", said US Lt. Col. Lori Hodge.

"We improve and learn from each test, regardless of the outcome".