Tillerson calls North Korea nuclear testing 'disappointing, disturbing'

Cesar Mills
May 21, 2017

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked worldwide condemnation and threats of tougher United Nations sanctions.

"US Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan".

President Moon Jae-in immediately convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the communist neighbor's provocation.

"I would like to have a thorough discussion about this at the G7 summit", Mr Abe told the press.

According to reports, Kim Jong-un hugged the officials and celebrated the victory of the rocket development with the teams of hundreds of technicians, scientists and military officers.

A U.S. official said North Korea had launched a medium-range ballistic missile, which has a shorter range than the systems tested by Pyongyang in its last three launches.

It flew about 500 kilometres and reached an altitude of about 560 kilometres, military officials said, and was believed to have landed in waters off North Korea's east coast.

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"North Korea fired an unidentified projectile from a site this afternoon from the vicinity of Pukchang in Pyeongannam-do [South Pyeongan province]", the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

The office said South Korea and the United States were conducting close-up analysis of the launch.

However, there is no sign that Thaad was used against the missile tested on Sunday.

The May 14 launch was seen as a significant step forward as the North accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

It comes after the election of South Korea's new president 11 days ago and the U.S. mililtary's show of force in the region amid concerns over Kim Jong-un's nuclear programme. Last week's missile travelled about 700km.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it was too early to know whether diplomatic and economic pressures being exerted on the North Korean government are having an impact in the wake of the latest missile test.

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