Residents of Pyongyang, Seoul comment on test of new missile

The new ballistic missile, named Hwasong-12, was sacked at the highest possible angle to avoid affecting neighboring countries' security and flew 787 kilometers after reaching an altitude of 2,111 kilometers, KCNA said.

United States officials said the missile hit the water around 60 miles (around 100 kilometers) from eastern Russia's Vladivostok. Tokyo said the flight pattern could indicate a new type of missile.

The US military's Pacific Command said the type of missile that was sacked was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile".

North Korea, increasingly isolated over its repeated weapons tests in violation of United Nations resolutions, on Monday renewed its accusation of a US and South Korean intelligence plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un.

The launch poses the first test for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has said he would pursue a dual-track approach of engagement and pressure to try to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.

"As South Korea's diplomatic situation matures, North Korea should also show a more mature attitude, not a childish one, and contribute to (establishing a better) diplomatic relationship", said Jin Hyo-seon, 33, a painter. Hawaii is roughly 7,000 km from North Korea. No date has been set, but a USA delegation planned to meet with South Korean officials Monday in Seoul to lay the groundwork for the meeting, according to the Yonhap news agency.

Japanese officials said Sunday that the missile flew for a half hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

North Korea has never launched a missile that can fly across the Pacific.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the U.S. and its worldwide partners will "tighten the screws" on the North Korean regime.


There are doubts whether Pyongyang can miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, and no proof it has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth's atmosphere.

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - North Korea's latest ballistic missile test may be almost as big a deal as its propaganda machine claims.

Francois Delattre told reporters Monday that France favors "a strong, swift and firm reaction of the council" to North Korea's test on Sunday of a new longer-range ballistic missile, which he called "a serious threat to peace and security both in the region and the world". That could strike USA military bases in Guam. "North Korea openly states that its ballistic missiles are meant to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the USA, the ROK, and Japan", Davis said.

Kim Jong Un has stepped up the pace of the weapons program since taking over in 2011 after his father, Kim Jong Il, died of a heart attack.

What has North Korea been saying?

"With this launch appearing to be successful, Kim Jong Un's overall missile test record is 59 successful, 17 failures".

The North has made no secret of its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States - something President Donald Trump has vowed "won't happen".

While Trump has said he'd be "honored" to talk with leader Kim under favorable conditions, Haley seemed to rule out the possibility.

Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing.


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