Korea launched another mid-range missile Thursday but failed
Oct 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday that the launch was attempted near an airport in North Korea's Pyongan province, where the North on Saturday unsuccessfully tried to launch what USA and South Korean military officials assessed as the same type of missile.
"Our military strongly condemns North Korea's continued illegal provocative actions and are fully prepared for the possibilities of further provocation", the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
South Korea and Japan immediately condemned Thursday's missile test.
North Korea conducted two unsuccessful launches of what appeared to be Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles (similar to this one) within five days of each other in mid-October.
North Korea is widely seen as seeking to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile which can hit the USA mainland.
"This year, Pyongyang successfully conducted two nuclear tests, an intercontinental ballistic missile test, breakthrough successes with its road-mobile intermediate-range missile and submarine-launched ballistic missile, a new solid-fuel rocket engine, and an improved liquid-fuel ICBM engine", Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow of Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, told Business Insider in a previous interview.
The Thursday launch came in defiance of warnings issued by the UNSC's press statement that was adopted right after the previous test-firing, the foreign ministry said.
The Defense secretary noted that "growing trilateral cooperation" among South Korea, Japan and the U.S.
Carter pledged "unwavering" US commitment to provide South Korea "extended deterrence, guaranteed by the full spectrum of USA defense capabilities". Clinton said Trump wanted to tear up alliances that keep nuclear proliferation in check while she believed alliances make the world and the United States safer.
The allies have agreed to set up a high-level Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group to leverage "the full breadth of national power - including diplomacy, information, military coordination, and economic elements" in preparation for an attack from North Korea. As part of the military effort, Kerry said the United States would deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system to South Korea "as soon as possible".
China and some in South Korea oppose the deployment of the anti-ballistic missile system, contending it unnecessarily exacerbates tensions in the region.
After talks in Washington between USA and South Korean foreign and defence ministers, the countries said they would set up a high-level group to leverage "the full breadth of national power - including diplomacy, information, military coordination, and economic elements" in the face of the North Korean threat.