THAAD radar detected N. Korea's missile launch: defense chief

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 17, 2017

The missile reached an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,245 miles), a first for a North Korean missile.

"It is considered an [intermediate-range ballistic missile] of enhanced calibre compared to Musudan missiles that have continually failed", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, but warned that the world should talk to Pyongyang rather than threaten it.

North Korea, which has defied calls to rein in its weapons program - even from its lone major ally China, has been working on a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead capable of striking the USA mainland.

The North's state-run media agency said Sunday's test involved a mid-to-long range ballistic missile that could be blasted off and out of the planet's atmosphere and then return, and quoted leader Kim Jong Un as saying the US mainland is in "sighting range for a strike".

Pyongyang has regularly threatened to destroy the United States, which it accuses of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war by conducting recent military drills with South Korea and Japan. The missile called Hwasong-12 was sacked and flew at 787 kilometers (489 miles).

Amid condemnation in Seoul, Tokyo, Washington and Moscow, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that his country's weapons could strike the US mainland and Pacific holdings.

Asked if North Korea's missile program was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: "Yes". "We consider (the missile test) counter-productive, harmful and dangerous".

According to the South China Morning Post, analysts said that the UN Security Council would likely discuss the new sanctions, with China possibly playing a role in their formation. The North has staunchly declared that it will not deter its missile and nuclear defense programs even as the United Nations Security Council has repeatedly called for it to do so.

KCNA cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to what it called the "highly ridiculous" U.S. strategy of "militarily browbeating only weak countries and nations which have no nukes".

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency called the missile a "new ground-to-ground, medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket", and it said the "Hwasong-12" is "capable of carrying a large, heavy nuclear warhead". He added: "There is the need to resume dialogue with North Korea, to stop intimidating it and find peaceful solutions to problems".

There's also skepticism about North Korea's claims about its re-entry technology, which is needed to return a warhead to the atmosphere from space so it can hit its intended target.

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