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NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

Speaking after the missile struck, Prime Minster Shinzo Abe said Japan would take "specific action" and join the United States to stop Kim.

'As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the global community, ' he told reporters in brief televised remarks.

North Korea tested a rocket on 14 May that it said could carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead" over long distances.

BBC reports that the Scud flew 450km and then landed in Japanese waters.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement that the missile, presumed to be a Scud-type, was launched from an area near Wonsan, in Gangwon Province, towards the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula.

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The missile reached an altitude of 120 km (75 miles), Roh said.

"This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is highly problematic from the perspective of the safety of shipping and air traffic, and is a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile, the third apparently successful test in as many weeks.

Stock markets in Japan and South Korea rose Monday morning as investors brushed off Pyongyang's missile launch, and after record gains on overseas bourses.

David Wright, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, has been monitoring North Korea's missile development for decades and last week told USA TODAY that Pyongyang's program is making alarming strides. Kishida told reporters that Beijing - a close ally of North Korea - has a "very important role to play" to exert pressure on Pyongyang in light of its repeated provocations.

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Suga, the Japanese cabinet secretary, said, "We can not tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form".

"It is a severe threat to the peace and stability of not only the Korean Peninsula, but also the global community", a statement from South Korea's Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

He later warned, "This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea, and in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russian Federation as well".

"The North should stop all provocations immediately and move toward the denuclearisation path as quickly as possible".

Kim Jong-Un has sought to ramp up North Korea's nuclear programme under his rule, saying the regime needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion. Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News. Scuds are capable of striking USA troops in South Korea, for instance, and the two newly developed missiles tested earlier this month have potential ranges that include Japan, Guam and even, according to some South Korean analysts, Alaska.

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Japan's Defense Ministry also confirmed the missile launch.


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