North Korea Launches Missile, Trump Speculates On Russia Response

Shotaro Yachi, Abe's top security adviser, also had a call with US national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Abe also told reporters.

Ambassador Haley said the launch was not the way for North Korea to earn a meeting with Trump, who has said he would be "honored" to meet Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

"Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it", Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told ABC's "This Week". He has said he would be prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right".

The estimated range of the North's Musudan missile is about 3,000 kilometers (1,865 miles), Wright said.

Before the missile test, the US Treasury said it was considering "every tool in our arsenal" to cut off sources of worldwide financing for illegal activities in the North.

"It's a serious problem for global stability and security, and I'm convinced that the upcoming G-7, in friendship, will contribute to resolving this issue", he said in Beijing.

The summit, in Sicily, is May 26-27.

North Korea has test-launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan.


A Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said countries "should not do things that further escalate tensions in the region".

The launch took place while Beijing is hosting an worldwide "Silk Road" summit with global leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin A North Korean delegation also attended.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he and his South Korean counterpart agreed that "dialogue for dialogue's sake with North Korea is meaningless".

Experts said today's test showed a considerably longer range than missiles North Korea had previously tested, meaning it had likely made improvements since its February test.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the exhibition of utensils and tools, finishing building materials and sci-tech achievements organised by the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) May 13, 2017.

Yesterday, a top North Korean diplomat said the reclusive state was open to dialogue with the Trump administration under the right conditions. North Korea time, from Kusong, an area not far from the border with China.

According to the ministry, Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs pose threat to peace, worldwide security and global nonproliferation regime. The launch is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four days ago and comes as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.

Outside militaries will closely analyze what the North fired.


Although there are still plenty of technical hurdles to be overcome, many analysts believe North Korea will eventually achieve Kim's stated goal of developing an ICBM that can reach the mainland United States.

"The North is apparently trying to test Moon and see how his North Korea policy as well as policy coordination between the South and the USA will take shape", said Yang Moo-jin, professor at the University of North Korea Studies in Seoul.

In response, President Moon has strongly condemned North Korea for the launch, describing it as a grave threat to regional security and a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

North Korea, defying calls to rein in its weapons program, fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russian Federation on Sunday, days after a new leader came to power in South Korea pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.

"With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil - in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan - the President can not imagine that Russia is pleased", Spicer said".

North Korea's ballistic missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and United States militaries said. This missile is said to the only missile ever tested by North Korea that has come this close to the Russian Territory.

A USA defense official confirmed that it flew that far, but said the United States was still investigating to determine the type of missile.



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