Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

North Korea Missile Launch A Challenge To South's New Leader

"There are no excuses that justify N. Korea's actions", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted.

North Korea on February 12, launched the Pukguksong-2 missile, an upgraded, extended-range version of its submarine-launched ballistic missile, from the same site.

With the continued missile testing, Jong-Un is pushing the US, South Korea, China and France further towards retaliation.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told reporters Sunday that the missile launch was the result of Kim Jong-Un's "state of paranoia" following the presidential election in South Korea. "What we're going to do is continue to tighten the screws".

The statement also said the European Union was ready to support "a credible and meaningful dialogue" between Pyongyang and global leaders. In a statement Saturday night, the White House brought Russian Federation into the discussion, noting that the missile splashed down closer to Russian Federation than Japan, adding that "the president can not imagine that Russian Federation is pleased".

A statement from the White House called on all countries to implement stronger sanctions against North Korea.

The type of missile North Korea launched Sunday hasn't been identified.

The North has staged two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the start of past year in its quest to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland. Trump has vowed not to let that happen.

The White House also suggested Trump felt that the intermediate-range missile, which flew more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, may have caused some anger in Russia because of the proximity of its impact to Russian territory.

Outside militaries will closely analyze what the North fired.

Kim Dong-yub of Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul said he estimated a standard trajectory would give it a range of 6,000 km (3,700 miles).

At 5.27 a.m., Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile from North Pyongan Province in the country's northwestern region. "It is definitely concerning".

Xi and Putin discussed in detail about the situation on the Korean Peninsula during their one-to-one meeting on the sidelines of the Silk Road conference, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

He says officials are studying possible implications of the launch that came days after South Korea's new president took office and an worldwide conference is being hosted by China. This is the fifth time North Korea has launched ballistic missiles since March.

The launch is the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday saying dialogue as well as pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit.

"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.

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