U.S. admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

Fernando Stephens
May 18, 2017

Sunday's rocket, which Pyongyang dubbed the Hwasong-12, could prove to be a more reliable alternative to the Musudan and marks a significant milestone in its development of an ICBM that could ultimately be tipped with a nuclear warhead, experts said.

She indicated Washington and Beijing had agreed they would take action if a new test looked to be long range and leaning toward an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

"The most important issue, of course, is enhancing the countries' understanding of the Korea-U.S. alliance and their joints efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue", the former ambassador to the U.S. told reporters, shortly before his departure from Seoul's Incheon airport. "So our options are there".

Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations were private, said China never mentioned working with the United States on a new sanctions resolution, and both China and Russian Federation said they support a negotiated solution through dialogue.

South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-koo told parliament Sunday's test-launch was "successful in flight".

The missile was launched on an unusually high trajectory, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

"It is considered an IRBM [intermediate range ballistic missile] of enhanced calibre compared to Musudan missiles that have continually failed", he said, referring to a class of missile created to travel 3,000km to 4,000km.

Trump and new South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Washington in June, with North Korea expected to be high on the agenda, the South's presidential Blue House said.

She said: "Provocations from North Korea have grown far too common and far too risky to ignore".

'It appears to have not only demonstrated an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that might enable them to reliably strike the United States base at Guam, but more importantly, may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)'.

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Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology.

He called for nations to "ratchet up sanctions" on the North, reiterating that the world needs to "bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees".

The latest launch appeared to fulfill both criteria, Haley said, "so I believe that China will stay true to that, and that we'll come together on how we're going to do that".

In April Pyongyang put dozens of missiles on show at a giant military parade through the capital, including one that appeared to be the type launched on Sunday.

But the Pentagon is skeptical whether Pyongyang has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth's atmosphere.

President Moon Jae-in's special envoys began embarking on trips Wednesday to discuss possible summit talks between the new South Korean leader and his counterparts in the United States, Japan, China and Russian Federation.

But Moon slammed the latest launch as a "reckless provocation" and said dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".

Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement warning against "intimidating" Pyongyang, Haley said that it was North Korea doing the intimidating, of the "entire global community".

What the rest of the world can only do right now is just wait and watch how things would play out as two "mad men" in Washington and Pyongyang could potentially square off against one another.

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