N. Korea missile test shows limits of United States intelligence

by Abel Hampton April 10, 2017, 0:41
N. Korea missile test shows limits of United States intelligence

North Korea launched a projectile on Wednesday, which US officials said appeared to be a liquid-fueled, extended-range Scud missile that only traveled a fraction of its range before spinning out of control and crashing into the sea.

He said Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping had agreed that North Korea's pattern of "provocative behavior" was unacceptable and the US was acting accordingly.

The US and its regional allies, South Korea and Japan, have been holding regular joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula to counter perceived threats from the North.

Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that Tokyo would continue its prohibition of all trade between Japan and North Korea for two more years and ban all North Korean ships from entering Japanese ports.

Prior to this match, South Korea had only one win, two draws and 14 losses against North Korea, but Yoon said he never thought about losing the match in the North Korean capital. The North has long claimed that the U.S.is preparing some kind of assault against it and justifies its nuclear weapons as defensive in nature.

"If we push the button, the bombs will be fired and reduce the U.S.to ashes", an editorial in the ruling Workers' Party newspaper the Rodong Sinmun said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of foreigners yesterday lined up in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Stadium for the city's annual marathon, the highlight of the tourism calendar in North Korea.

The roughly 35-minute phone call between Abe and Trump was set up by Japan for the leaders to exchange views on North Korea and other regional issues, Hagiuda said.

The launch comes on the eve of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States to meet President Donald Trump.

But in 2012 it reached an agreement with the United States to nearly triple the range of its ballistic missile systems to guard against the North's nuclear threats, and has since been developing missiles with longer ranges.

Likewise, U.S. Air Force Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. John Hyten, expressed his anguish about the lengthy delays and instability in the budget and he said that it is hindering the ability to modernize the nation's capabilities of nuclear deterrence.

It was the fourth time the Security Council has adopted a press statement on North Korea.

Abe also told reporters at his official residence that he was watching to see how China would respond to Pyongyang after President Xi Jinping meets with Trump at the USA leader's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.


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