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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Kim Jong-Un fires another ballistic Missile… see where it landed

Kim Jong-Un has fired a ballistic missile 500 miles into the Sea of Japan in the latest show of force amid tensions with the US.

The launch took place in the Kusong region located northwest of the capital, Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched an intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.

A US official told CNN the missile landed in water 60 miles south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, home of the Russian Pacific Fleet.

The projectile was launched at around 5.30am, according to South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff.

‘The South and US are analyzing more details about the missile,’ it said in a statement without elaborating.
US Pacific Command says the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Japan’s defense minister Tomomi Inada told reporters there is a possibility that it was a new type of ballistic missile, saying it flew Sunday for about 30 minutes and at an altitude exceeding 1,240 miles. She says more analysis was needed.

Japanese officials said the missile landed in the Sea of Japan but outside the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Kim Dong-yub, an expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said he estimated a standard trajectory firing would give it a range of 3,700 miles, meaning it would be capable of reaching Hawaii.

The launch is the first in two weeks since the last attempt ended in a failure just minutes into flight.

The North attempted but failed to test-launch ballistic missiles four consecutive times in the past two months but has conducted a variety of missile testing since the beginning of last year at an unprecedented pace.

Weapons experts and government officials believe the North has accomplished some technical progress with those tests.

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In strongly condemned rival North Korea’s missile test-launch as a ‘clear’ violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a ‘serious challenge’ to international peace and security.
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