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N. Korea test-fires ballistic missile
    2017-July-5  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

NORTH KOREA test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile yesterday, South Korean and U.S. officials said, days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations are due to discuss steps to rein in Pyongyang’s weapons programs.

China opposes the missile launch in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said yesterday.

“China urges the DPRK [North Korea] to refrain from acts that violate U.N. Security Council resolutions so as to create necessary conditions for resuming dialogue and negotiation,” Geng said at a regular news briefing.

The missile flew 930 km before landing in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the South Korean military and Japanese government said. Tokyo strongly protested what it called a clear violation of U.N. resolutions.

The U.S. Pacific Command said it detected and tracked the “single launch of a land-based, intermediate range ballistic missile” for 37 minutes near an airfield in Panghyon, about 100 km northwest of Pyongyang.

North Korea declared later in the day that it has successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), calling it a milestone in its missile development program.

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of hitting the United States, ignoring repeated warnings from the international community.

Japan said Monday the United States, South Korea and Japan will have a trilateral summit on North Korea at the G20.

North Korea has conducted four missile tests since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May, vowing to use dialogue as well as pressure to bring Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs under control.

U.S. President Donald Trump, responding to the latest launch, wrote on Twitter: “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” an apparent reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang has conducted missile-related activities at an unprecedented pace since the start of last year. Analysts say it is years away from having a nuclear-tipped ICBM.

But Pyongyang is also trying to develop intermediate-range missiles capable of hitting U.S. bases in the Pacific. The last North Korean launches before yesterday were of land-to-sea cruise missiles June 8.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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