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Korea Fires 9th Missile Provoking US to Ready 3 Aircraft Carriers

Korea Fires 9th Missile Provoking US to Ready 3 Aircraft Carriers

President Trump early Monday said North Korea is showing "great disrespect" to China with another ballistic missile test.

It's the latest in a string of test launches by North Korea as it seeks to build nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the US mainland, a drive that puts North Korea high on the list of foreign policy worries for Japan, Washington and Seoul. Trump said in a post on Twitter.

April 29: South Korean and USA officials say a North Korean midrange ballistic missile, presumably a KN-17, failed shortly after launch.

It was the North's third ballistic missile test in as many weeks and the 12th this year -- carried out in defiance of United Nations sanctions warnings and U.S. threats of possible military action.

According to the BBC, observers have said that The Scud test, which prompted Japan to lodge a protest, indicates the North is making progress towards missiles capable of carrying warheads.

USA defense officials determined the missile was not a threat to North America.

China reiterated that UN Security Council resolutions had "clear rules" about North Korean missile activities and it urged Pyongyang not to contravene them.

Mattis further warned that the regime "is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea".




It says the missile used solid fuel, an advance that increases a weapon's mobility and makes it harder for outsiders to detect a coming launch.

It also lodged a protest against the test-firing of the missile, the third this month as Pyongyang ramps up its efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

Japan said the missile landed within its Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of water extended 200 nautical miles from the Japanese coast.

The US Pacific Command said the missile was tracked for six minutes until it landed in the East Sea.

"That the North repeated such provocations after the inauguration of our new leadership.is a direct challenge to our demand for peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", the foreign ministry said.

Abe addressed the situation in a brief televised address on Monday: "As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the global community", according to Reuters. However, experts say it may be trying to test new capabilities that may be fed into its efforts to build an ICBM. It could have been a test for a different type of engine.

Modified versions of the Scud have a range of up to 1,000 km (620 miles). On Tuesday the US military will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.


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