Anger after North Korea launches 'new missile'

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

It flew high and long, the pride of leader Kim Jong Un, who was pictured with it and applauding its launch, according to North Korea.

North Korean propaganda must be considered with wariness - Pyongyang has threatened for decades to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire", for instance - but Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Before Sunday's launch, an intermediate-range missile called Musudan was thought to have the longest potential range among the missiles that North Korea has test-fired - about 3,500 kilometers (2,180 miles).

North Korea's latest ballistic missile test may be almost as big a deal as its propaganda machine claims. Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the Trump administration's most urgent foreign policy worries, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy.

KCNA said the new rocket was a "perfect weapon" which was "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead". Analysts estimated its ranged as 4,500 kilometers which would put the U.S. territory of Guam within its reach. Firing the missile at high altitudes could also help North Korea test the technologies needed for warheads to withstand the re-entry through the earth's atmosphere.

The missile was launched on an unusually high trajectory, with KCNA saying it flew to an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometres and travelled 787 kilometres before coming down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

In recent years, North Korea successfully put satellites into orbit twice aboard long-range rockets in what the United Nations called a disguised test of long-range missile technology.

China is the linchpin of Trump's strategy for halting North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland.

"It appears to have not only demonstrated an intermediate-range ballistic missile that might enable them to reliably strike the USA base at Guam, but more importantly, may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile".

Kim said North Korea would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to ideal nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S.

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The US says its "strategic patience" with North Korea is over, even hinting at a pre-emptive strike.

The launch jeopardizes new South Korean President Moon Jae-in's willingness for dialogue with the North, and it came as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.

"The president expressed deep regret over the fact that this reckless provocation ... occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea", senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan said.

"The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating".

The test gives a boost to leader Kim Jong Un as he seeks to show his people that he's standing up to America and South Korea.

There's also a political victory for North Korea.

"There's a possibility of various strategic and tactical provocations in case of the strengthening of global pressure", the ministry said during the session convened to discuss the North's latest provocation. The last set of sanctions, imposed in March, capped China's imports of North Korean coal, a key cash earner for North Korea. But further analysis showed it was a new type of missile, given the designator KN-17, with a possible short range or medium range given that it was a single-stage rocket.

The North seems to be trying to develop a new delivery means for its nuclear weapons after a series of failed missile launches, the ministry said.

The United States called for tougher sanctions against the North, with the White House saying it "has been a flagrant menace for far too long".

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