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North Korea test-fires missile into sea ahead of Trump-Xi summit

Korean missile test from KCNA. KCNA Korean missile test from KCNA. KCNA
Saul Franklin | 09 April, 2017, 03:19

Speaker Paul Ryan says the two measures approved Monday by wide margins are "concrete actions" that hold Pyongyang accountable for its belligerent and destabilizing behavior. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea.

Lawmakers passed a resolution 398-3 that denounced North Korea's pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

North Korea could choose to continue with missile-related activities through next week, when the isolated and impoverished country celebrates the 105th anniversary of the birth of the state's founder, Kim Il Sung.

North Korea's missile test comes just a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits US President Donald Trump for a summit in Florida, and as the US, Japan and South Korea wrap up a round of trilateral naval military drills off the Korean Peninsula. The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts later this week, Cossa said.

North Korea fired a presumed medium-range ballistic missile into the sea of its east coast Wednesday, sending a defiant message on the eve of a U.S. It flew a distance of around 60 kilometers (37 miles), South Korean officials said.

US and South Korean officials had previously said the missile was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile.

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Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Honolulu, said he expected North Korea would do something to coincide with the Trump-Xi summit, perhaps even conducting a nuclear test.

The Defense Ministry and other government ministries are heightening the alert regarding North Korea, which is proceeding with missile development, ignoring restraints from the worldwide community.

North Korean state media said the projectile is a surface-to-surface missile that can carry nuclear warheads.

The officials also pointed toward the failure of prior administration's efforts to curb the growing threat of North Korea's nuclear capabilities, and said that North Korea is a "matter of urgent interest for the President and the administration as a whole".

Abe told reporters Japan would cooperate closely with the United States and South Korea to protect people's lives and well-being. Earlier in March, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone. Days before the 2013 inauguration of South Korea's then-President Park Geun-hye, the North conducted its third nuclear test, making world headlines again and inviting toughened United Nations sanctions.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, agreed in a phone call with his South Korean counterpart on the need to proceed with the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea after Wednesday's launch. Type "JOIN" and send to 9910181818.

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