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What we know about North Korea's latest missile test

What we know about North Korea's latest missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to keep conducting nuclear and missile tests until the US makes the "right choice", the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday, as the rogue state continues its saber-rattling in hopes of forcing Washington into a dialogue.

Reports say that the missile test was conducted on Sunday, May 14 as supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The missile, launched at a steep angle, reached an altitude of 2000km and travelled about 700km, landing in the sea west of Japan.

The Hwasong-12 rocket landed in waters 787 kilometers away after reaching a maximum altitude of 2,111.5 km, according to Pyongyang's state media.

North Korea maintains preparedness to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea's defense ministry told lawmakers Tuesday, a day after Pyongyang asserted the success of its weekend ballistic missile test. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the test was a "reckless provocation" and clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

38 North says USA cities aren't at risk today because the full missile system needed to reach them has yet to be tested (this includes re-entry technology needed to return a warhead back into the atmosphere from space).

Moon, South Korea's first liberal leader in almost a decade, said as he took his oath of office last week that he'd be willing to visit the North if the circumstances were right.

The White House, in a statement, said North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long".




North Korea's past satellite rocket launches have been called clandestine tests of ICBM technology, but it is not thought to have tested a true intercontinental ballistic missile yet.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday it is time for many nations to "send a strong, unified message that this is unacceptable, and I think you'll see the global community do that".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the launch as a test of the "perfect weapon system" and capable of carrying "a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

Other experts quickly jumped on this as sign - although not conclusive - that North Korea may have been behind the outbreak.

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile from a region near its west coast amid tense relations with U.S., worldwide media reported.

Without mentioning US, Putin said that "intimidating North Korea is unacceptable". But according to US officials, missile launches like this one are a deal-breaker for any hypothetical dialogue.

North Korea says the missile can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

Russian Federation responded to the missile launch by "putting its eastern air defenses on high alert", according to the CNN report.