Monday, 23 July, 2018

China opposes latest N. Korean missile test

Kenny Thornton | 15 May, 2017, 00:04

North Korea launched two missiles in October previous year from an air base in Kusong on North Korea's west coast, on the other side of the country from the usual intermediate-range Musudan test site near Wonsan, on the east coast.

"The president expressed deep regret over the fact that this provocation occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea", Yoon told a televised conference.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, has also been conciliatory.

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

On Sunday, at 5:38 a.m. local time (20:28 GMT on Saturday) Pyongyang launched an unidentified missile, presumably a ballistic one, in the vicinity of Kusong, North Pyongan Province.

The kind of projectile matters because while North Korea regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States mainland.

The launch served as a call for all nations to implement stronger sanctions against reclusive North Korea, the White House added.

President Trump has been brief on the latest missile test by North Korea.

The comments from Pyongyang have come after months of heightened tensions between USA and North Korea over the North's nuclear programme ambitions.

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Moon condemned the North's latest missile launch as a "reckless provocation", staged days after his inauguration in an apparent test of the new administration.

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

"Missile tests are fundamentally different from a nuclear test, and China will only stick to the United Nations resolution", he said.

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The launch was also aimed at "maximising the North's political leverage" ahead of possible negotiations with the U.S., as Pyongyang and Washington both recently signalled they were open to talks, he added. Those are the missiles the U.S.is most anxious about, with the ability to reach the U.S. West Coast.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry Director General for U.S. affairs made the comment to reporters in Beijing as she was travelling home from Norway, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The launch, which Tokyo said could be of a new type of missile, 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. "South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us", he said. The launch drew a sharp rebuke from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Moon, unlike his conservative predecessors, advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang but warned Sunday that dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".

Moon won Tuesday's election on a platform of a moderate approach to North Korea and has said he would be willing to go to Pyongyang under the right circumstances, arguing dialogue must be used in parallel with sanctions.

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