North Korea conducts new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test

North Korea has conducted a new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Test, second in a month. In a statement, US military said, the latest missile was launched last night from an arms plant in Jagang province and landed about 1,000 kilometers from the launch site.

Japan said, the missile is believed to have landed in its exclusive economic zone 45 minutes after the launch. Experts said, the missile had a range of about 10,000 kilometers and is capable of striking Los Angeles and other US cities.Pyongyang’s had conducted its first ICBM test three weeks ago.

Meanwhile, US and the South Korean military have conducted a live-firing exercise using surface-to-surface missiles.

A statement from Eighth United States Army said, the joint exercise utilized the Army Tactical Missile System and South Korea’s Hyunmoo Missile II, which can provide deep-strike precision capability under all weather conditions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said, the test proved that all the US mainland is within the striking range of North Korea. He hailed the test as a success and described it as a stern warning for Washington.

US President Donald Trump said, the test is a reckless and dangerous action by its authoritarian regime. He said, Pyongyang has further isolated itself in the international community.

China condemned North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile and urged restraint by all sides after the US and South Korea held a military exercise in response to the test.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China opposes North Korea’s violations of UN Security Council resolutions and its actions contrary to the general aspirations of the international community.

In a statement, Geng said Beijing urges North Korea to abide by UN resolutions and stop taking actions that could worsen the situation.

He said at the same time, China hopes that all parties concerned will exercise caution and avoid aggravating tensions and act together to preserve peace and stability on the peninsula.

Meanwhile, South Korea said it will proceed with the deployment of four additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defenae (THAAD) units after North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The deployment of the additional units of anti-defence missile defence system THAAD had been delayed after the initial two units, following South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordering an environmental assessment.

The South’s presidential Blue House said China has been notified of the move of speeding up the deployment. China has angrily objected to the THAAD deployment, saying it does little to deter the North’s missile threat while destabilizing regional security balance.

It believes the THAAD’s radar can penetrate deep into its territory.

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