North Korea to deliver 'ruthless blow' if provoked by US: Envoy


The US said they tracked the missile on its nine-minute journey from a launch pad near the North Korean coastal city of Sinpo before it landed around 37 miles east in the water.

Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Honolulu, said he was expecting North Korea would do something to coincide with the Trump-Xi summit, perhaps conducting a nuclear test.

"The launch took place possibly in consideration of the U.S".

April 2009: North Korea says it successfully launches three-stage Unha-2 rocket carrying satellite.

The missile was sacked at a high angle and reached an altitude of 117 miles, the official said.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests including two a year ago.

It said on Thursday the new punitive measures were in response to actions that posed "a grave threat to global peace and security in the region and beyond". Days before the 2013 inauguration of South Korea's then-President Park Geun-hye, the North conducted its third nuclear test, making world headlines again and inviting toughened United Nations sanctions.

Shortly after the missile launch Cheong Wa Dae convened a National Security Council meeting chaired by its chief Kim Kwan-jin.

Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, in a statement on Tuesday, said the US had spoken enough about North Korea and would speak no further on the issue.

United States officials and analysts have said the fact that the frequency and variety of tests is increasing shows North Korea is making progress in its missile programs.

"China has great influence over North Korea".

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A U.S. Forces Korea official told Yonhap News Agency that his office modified the U.S. Pacific Command's language in its version.

U.S. forces have amassed in the area - after USA president Donald Trump vowed to "solve" North Korea.

Abe said the president stressed that "all options" are on the table for dealing with the threat from Kim's regime.

"North Korea's missile launch is a major provocation to our security". But testing resumed in February with a new-model ballistic missile after it became apparent that a shift in Washington's stance toward the North was not forthcoming.

An expert on the North's political strategy warned against reading too much political significance into the timing of the tests ahead of the U.S-China summit.

"They already have the capability to deploy an intercontinental ballistic missile". The letters read on top left "North Korea fired a ballistic missile".

North Korea said on Saturday U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian airfield on Friday were "an unforgivable act of aggression" that showed its decision to develop nuclear weapons was "the right choice a million times over".

The South Korean missile, with a range of 500 miles, was tested recently and met key flight and accuracy requirements, Yonhap reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source.

North Korea considers Syria an ally.

Asked how he would deal with Pyongyang, Trump said: "I'm not going to tell you".