South Korea vows 'corresponding' response over missile launch by North

Feb 13, 2017, 00:43
South Korea vows 'corresponding' response over missile launch by North

North Korea launched a missile into its eastern sea on Sunday, according to the South Korean military.

North Korea fired off a ballistic missile in the direction of the East Sea earlier in the day, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Sunday.

"Our assessment is that the North is attempting to attract attention by showing off its nuclear and missile capabilities and to make a show of force to counter against the new USA administration's hardline stance toward North Korea", the JCS said about the launch on Sunday.

Yet another attempt to force Pyongyang to abandon its efforts are the six-party talks on turning the peninsula into a nuclear-free zone launched in 2003 with participation of North Korea, South Korea, Russia, the United States, China and Japan.

North Korea's latest ballistic missile test was, to a certain degree, expected, a US official revealed.

North Korea has confirmed that it "successfully" fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in a test supervised by leader Kim Jong-un.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, the release said.

As BBCNews reports, Pyongyang has been testing weaponry with increased fervor over the a year ago, and in recent weeks Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, has gone on the record to claim that the secretive country was well on the way to testing missiles capable of both hitting the USA and carrying nuclear weapons.

The launch came after after Trump assured visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Washington was committed to the security of its key Asian ally. The government will also enhance cooperation with the US and South Korea in sharing information about North Korea, Kishida told reporters.

"I don't think this [missile test] is created to respond to Trump; I think this is part of Kim Jong Un's continued efforts to try to advance his programs", said Jon Wolfsthal, a senior nonproliferation official in the Obama administration now at Harvard's Belfer Center.

While Pyongyang has been relatively quiet about the transfer of power to the Trump administration, its state media has repeatedly called for Washington to abandon its "hostile policy". Experts have said that in addition to the Trump factor, the North was likely keeping a low profile while political turmoil in Seoul plays out.

Such a provocation was anticipated, a USA official told Reuters reporters.

Since Kim Jong-un took over from his father in December 2011 as the supreme leader, the nuclear threat from North Korea has increased exponentially. The missile is said to have been launched at 07:55 local time (22:55 GMT Saturday), and flew east towards the Sea of Japan.

According to Yonhap news agency, Hwang says South Korea in tandem with the worldwide community "is doing its best to ensure a corresponding response to punish the North" for its missile launch. Officials added that the North had launched its powerful midrange Musudan missiles on October 15 and 20, 2016, from that location, raising the likelihood that it was a missile.

In a statement, the Italian foreign ministry expressed "great concern" about the news that the North had launched a ballistic missile.

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