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North Korea missile launch officially a success

21 May 2017

The test followed Pyongyang's two previous failed attempts last month.

The agreement came after North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test Sunday, claiming the USA was within its sights and it had the capability to fire a large nuclear warhead.

North Korea tested a longer-range missile last weekend, which experts say was a significant advance for a weapons program that aims at having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike America.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have ramped up in recent weeks with the Trump administration saying military action was an option under consideration and the North threatening massive retaliation.

North Korea on Friday blamed US foreign policy for the long-standing political crisis on the Korean peninsula, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

North Korea recently made the headlines for testing its ballistic missile launch, leading many to believe that this might be a new strategy towards future dominance in the nation's awide. They range from the "fissile" yield inaugural test in 2006 to the two in 2016 that approached 15-20 kilotons, or Hiroshima-size yields.

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This is also North Korea's first provocation since Moon Jae-in was elected president of South Korea on May 9.

South Korea's new president plans to explore fresh communication with the north. An official government statement states that they were careful while launching the missile as they wanted to avoid passing through neighbouring countries.

The US troop presence in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, is primarily to guard against the North Korean threat. The Chinese government was forced to admit that certain Chinese firms were defying Chinese sanctions and smuggling the technology and some of the needed software and raw materials to North Korea.

Kim Jong-Un stands with a ballistic missile at an undisclosed site in North Korea.

The North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles serve as a deterrent against possible attack, and are part of its game of brinkmanship.

The secretary of state also said that Pyongyang shouldn't question the US' intentions "through back channels", as Washington intends to communicate with the country through public channels.

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Haley said the U.S. and China have been working on "a unified plan" on how to approach North Korea that would include stronger implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions.

At the United Nations, North Korea's deputy ambassador, Kim In Ryong, was defiant.

In Seoul, some citizens expressed frustration.

"The late former South Korean President Park Chung-hee's biggest crime was to have abandoned basic inter-Korean unification agreements and clung to vicious plots to instigate inter-Korean confrontation, while talking big over "confrontation in parallel with dialogue", said the commentary, titled "(Moon) should learn a lesson from its dictator's (Park) sin against inter-Korean unification".

Both security companies this week said the WannaCry virus incorporated earlier code utilized by the Lazarus Group but declined to conclusively call it North Korea's handiwork.

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North Korea missile launch officially a success