North Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment

North Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment

North Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment

People watch a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 21, 2017. The rocket appeared to have the characteristics of a Pukguksong 2, a medium-range ballistic missile fired for the first time by North Korea on Feberuary 12.

North Korea's leader observed the launch of the new ground-to-ground Pukguksong-2 missile, expressing satisfaction with its accuracy in hitting targets, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Diplomats say the United Nations Security Council plans to hold urgent consultations on the latest North Korea missile test.

The missile, a solid-fuel "Pukguksong-2", flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) and reached a height of 560 kilometers (350 miles) before plunging into the Pacific Ocean.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has approved the deployment of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile for combat use as the country succeeded in test-firing it, Pyongyang's state media said Monday.

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The reclusive state has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland. South Korea hosts 28,500 USA troops to counter the threat from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea has claimed that its development of nuclear weapons is a deterrent against what it calls Washington's hostile policy toward it.

On Monday, KCNA said the latest test follows the successful test last week of another missile that has put Hawaii and Alaska within range.

North Korea's continued missile launches are likely to test Moon, who earlier vowed to seek a dual approach to the North's denuclearization and inter-Korean dialogue.

US and South Korean officials say North Korea fired a medium-range missile Sunday that appears to be similar to one the country tested earlier this year.

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Experts said the North's reckless provocations seem to be aimed at seeking dialogue with the USA on equal footing by strengthening its nuclear capabilities.

North Korea has confirmed details of its latest missile launch.

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible, and in a show of force, sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.

The latest launch comes a week after North Korea successfully tested a new midrange missile that it said could carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

Earlier, North Korea on May 14 test-fired a ballistic missile from a region near its west coast amid tense relation with US.

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The medium-range rocket was launched from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang on Sunday, and flew eastward more than 300 miles.

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