Seoul says North Korea fires an unidentified projectile

North Korea fired a.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that Seoul and Washington believe Sunday's test provided North Korea with unspecified "meaningful data" on its push to improve the credibility of missile technology. Last Sunday, the North successfully launched a new intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it flew eastward about 500 kilometers, or 310 miles.

Meanwhile, North Korea unveiled images of the Earth that it said were captured from a camera mounted on the missile's warhead.

Trump, traveling in Saudi Arabia, had no immediate public comment.

The North's leader approved the deployment of the Pukguksong-2 for action, calling it a "successful strategic weapon", the KCNA said.

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KCNA said the objective of the test was to verify technical indexes of the weapon system and examine its adaptability under various battle conditions before deployment to military units for action.

North Korea said on Monday it has successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit USA targets.

It's moving ahead with its nuclear weapons program as well. Its two nuclear tests past year may have improved its ability to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

The reclusive state has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the US mainland and on Saturday said it had developed the capability, although Western missile experts say the claim is exaggerated.

The reclusive state has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland. "This is the DPRK's answer to the Trump administration'".

"The ongoing testing is disappointing, disturbing and we ask that they cease that", Tillerson said on Sunday in an interview with "Fox News Sunday".

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South Korea held a National Security Council meeting after the launch, and its Foreign Ministry said the launch "throws cold water" on efforts to ease tensions on the peninsula. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will convene an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss it.

This latest launch comes merely a week after Pyongyang fired a rocket that it claimed could carry a nuclear warhead.

Kim Jong-un personally oversaw Sunday's test, during which the missile flew over 300 miles before splashing down in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.

When North Korea fired a similar missile in February, the fact that it was powered by solid fuel was seen as particularly significant.

The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine's operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead, KCNA said. Missiles that run on solid fuel can be fired immediately and don't require the same labor-intensive process to prepare as liquid-fueled missiles. That makes then easier to spot and easier to destroy than the solid-fuel variety.

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