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South Korean Military: Pyongyang Launches What Is Believed to Be a Missile

29 May 2017

"North Korea tested the new-type anti-aircraft guided weapons system and suggested that they can even hit the stealth aircraft and ballistic missiles, but I think this is exaggeration given their level of technology at this point", Yang Uk, a North Korean expert at advisory committee for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, told NBC News.

Following North Korea's test-firing of what analysts said was its longest-range rocket yet earlier this month, the UN Security Council vowed to push all countries to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the "unidentified ballistic missile (speculated to be a Scud)" was sacked from the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan at 5.09 am (2139 GMT) and travelled in an eastward direction. Pyongyang's state-media claimed it was a success, saying the missile's capabilities have been upgraded since a year ago, and that Kim Jong-un has ordered for its immdiate mass-production and deployment.

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"The missile, which was sacked from the eastern coast of North Korea, has fallen in the exclusive economic zone of Japan".

The regime has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of past year, with multiple sets of United Nations sanctions failing to halt its weapons push. North Korea has a large stockpile of Scud missiles, originally developed by the Soviet Union. He claims that his country's new anti-aircraft weapon will "completely spoil the enemy's wild dream to command the air".

North Korea is now the focus of US efforts because its leader has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American territory.

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The White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the launch. "Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea".

South Korea's President was immediately notified about the situation and ordered to convene a standing committee of the National Security Council (NSC) at 0730 KST, the JCS further said. North Korea has fired an as-of-yet unidentified missile into waters off its eastern coast.

The North has been pushing to develop a wide range of weapon systems since early previous year at an unprecedented pace including a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland US.

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Moon has made tentative steps toward engaging the North by restarting stalled civilian aid and exchange programmes as a way to improve strained ties.

South Korean Military: Pyongyang Launches What Is Believed to Be a Missile