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Pentagon strongly condemns North Korea missile test

14 February 2017

"North Korea's most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable". Musudan can put the entire Japan and the US military base in Guam in its target range as it is known to have a range of 3,000-4,000 km.

A spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Sunday night that the meeting is expected to take place Monday.

But South Korean officials have confirmed this is a new surface-to-surface missile that appears to use improved technology from the North's submarine-launched ballistic-missile system (which has a range of 900km).

North Korea launched this type of missile last August from a water location, leading the government to claim a successful sub-launched missile test.

Harry Kazianis, the director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, said North Korea wanted to provoke Trump with Sunday's missile launch, but did not want to risk an ICBM test that might fail.

Reuters reported on the makeup of the missile.

"Mr. President, we are at a critical juncture with regard to North Korea and its provocative behavior", Gardner wrote.

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Geng said China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has been "completely and comprehensively" implementing security council resolutions on the nuclear issue.

A fully developed ICBM could threaten the continental USA, which is about 9,000km from North Korea. Except for the June 22 success at which the missile traveled about 500 km, all of other launches failed.

A South Korean military source on Sunday said it reached an altitude of 550km.

But the official said that, given that the missile test was believed not to have been a threatened intercontinental missile test and that Pyongyang had not carried out a new nuclear explosion, any response will seek to avoid ratcheting up tensions.

A man watches a TV news program showing a photo published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's "Pukguksong-2" missile launch, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 13, 2017.

"We must not allow China's unprecedented pressure campaign against the [South Korea] to cancel the THAAD deployment succeed", Gardner wrote. "Large solid-fuel motors are hard to make work correctly so this is indeed a significant advance by North Korea".

"Now our rocket industry has radically turned into high-thrust solid fuel-powered engine from liquid-fuel rocket engine and rapidly developed into a development- and creation-oriented industry, not just copying samples", Kim was quoted as saying.

Pentagon strongly condemns North Korea missile test