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South says North Korea's latest missile test is bigger threat

December 18 2017, 02:52 | Irvin Gilbert

South says North Korea's latest missile test is bigger threat

North Korea's new Hwasong-15 ICBM is mounted on a mobile launcher in this

Senator Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, told CBS' "Face the Nation" the United States moves closer to "preemptive war" with every new North Korean missile or nuclear test.

North Korea said in its announcement of the launch on Wednesday that the Hwasong-15 had been fired from a domestically made erector-launcher vehicle and Duitsman confirmed that the photos back the claim up.

President Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 9. Trump, who has previously said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies from the nuclear threat, has also struggled to contain Pyongyang since taking office in January.

USA policy, he said, is "to deny North Korea the capability to hit America with a nuclear-tipped missile".

The claim was not proven and experts have cast doubt on the country's ability to master such technology.

The top diplomats have held three meetings over the past months but only on the sidelines of worldwide events outside of South Korea and Japan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile, September 16.

Ms Haley warned that "continued acts of aggression" were only serving to further destabilise the region.

"The Americans should explain to all of us what they are trying to do - if they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea they should come clean about it, and the American leadership should confirm it", he told reporters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pumps his fist while he watches the flight data of the Hwasong-15 missile in this

Kang and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono discussed her possible visit during a telephone conversation two days earlier over North Korea's long-range missile launch, and agreed to have their ministries arrange detailed schedules of the visit, according to sources.

China also suggested the North should stop the tests in return for a halt to U.S. military exercises - a proposal Washington has rejected in the past.

The US's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Wednesday said that the US was not seeking war with North Korea but that the latest launch "brings us closer to war".

US President Donald Trump began Thursday by complaining that China had failed to convince Kim Jong Un to back down.

"We know the main driver of its nuclear production is oil", she said.

China is a historic ally and North Korea's most important trading partner and Pyongyang is thought to be dependent on China for much of its oil supplies.

"The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man", Trump wrote.

Speaking in Missouri, the United States leader derided Mr Kim, describing him as a "sick puppy" and "little rocket man".

Trump's tweets further inflamed tensions reignited this week after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a "breakthrough" that put the USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.



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