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N.Korea fires ballistic missile, USA says clock has now run out

09 April 2017

South Korea has successfully test-launched a new 800-kilometer missile that can reach anywhere in North Korea, defense sources said Thursday. North Korea often responds to the drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric.

North Korea with its missile launches probably wants to create attention and use it as leverage for concessions, but Tillerson with his statement has sent a stern message that the United States won't be a party to it, South Korean experts said. "We have no further comment", he said in a statement.

North Korea is also poised to launch an ICBM.

In a statement earlier, Foreign Ministry said the launch is another blatant violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

"Japan never tolerates North Korea's repeated provocative actions. The government strictly protested and strongly condemned it", Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary, said. The emergency National Security Council meeting called to discuss the launch was presided over by Kim Kwan-jin, the national security adviser to Acting President Hwang Kyo-han. So far, North Korea has not developed the technology to combine the missiles with the nuclear weapons. "There's really no need for Tillerson to react every time when North Korea does something". It was launched from the Sinpo region on North Korea's eastern coast.

Abe also told reporters at his official residence that he was watching to see how China would respond to Pyongyang after President Xi Jinping meets with Trump at the USA leader's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

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North Korea is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them previous year.

Trump and Xi will hold their first face-to-face meeting Thursday at the U.S. president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula are expected to be high on the agenda.

North Korea has fired another missile into the sea off the Korean Peninsula.

On March 6, the Pyongyang regime launched four medium-range ballistic missiles, three of which landed in Japan's Special Economic Zone, just 200 km off the archipelago's shores, and two other missile tests since then apparently failed.

Pyongyang tested a new type of medium to long-range ballistic missile in February, which it later said was an upgraded, extended-range version of its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

A North Korean flag, center, is displayed during 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Division II Group A game at Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.