Vandenberg to launch first test of ICBM intercept on Tuesday


A statement by the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch came from around the eastern North Korean coastal town of Wonsan.

"The missile, which was sacked from the eastern coast of North Korea, has fallen in the exclusive economic zone of Japan". But experts say it may be trying to test new capabilities that may be fed into its efforts to build an ICBM.

South Korea's recently elected president, Moon Jae-in, called a meeting of the National Security Council immediately following the launch.

South Korea and Japan immediately protested the missile launch, the most recent test-firing by North Korea as it seeks to develop nuclear weapons that can reach United States military bases.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim Jong-un watched "the successful test" organized by the Academy of National Defence Science, without revealing the date and location. "In order to deter North Korea, we will take concrete action with the United States".

On May 21, North Korea successfully launched a KN-15 solid fueled missile that flew more than 300 miles into the Sea of Japan. North Korea has been working on new anti-aircraft weaponry as well, according to Reuters.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just returned from a G7 meeting in Italy, told reporters that "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from the worldwide society is absolutely unacceptable".

"North Korea's continuous provocative actions will cause its own isolation and it will be facing strong punishment from our military, South Korea and U.S. alliance and the worldwide community", a statement from the Joint Chiefs said.

Graphic shows details of U.S. missile launch targeting an ICBM 2c x 3 1/2 inches 96.3 mm x 88
Graphic shows details of U.S. missile launch targeting an ICBM 2c x 3 1/2 inches 96.3 mm x 88

"We can not tolerate repeated provocations".

The ballistic missile test is the ninth such test conducted this year and marks the third weekend in a row that North Korea has launched a missile. He said China has been increasingly stepping up and using its influence over North Korea and that the two sides will thoroughly discuss the situation.

Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that if left unchecked, North Korea is on an "inevitable path" to obtaining a nuclear warhead-armed missile capable of striking the United States, reports the Associated Press.

As with a number of previous North Korean tests, the timing of Monday's launch came close to a key worldwide event.

Trump has sought tougher sanctions against the North, having warned last month that a "major, major conflict" with the isolated state was possible.

In a pre-summit meeting, Abe was able to secure, for the time being, U.S. President Donald Trump's effective endorsement of Tokyo's stance that now is the time for pressure, not dialogue.

Harris said the defenses of Hawaii were sufficient for now but could one day be overwhelmed, and suggested studying stationing new radar there as well as interceptors to knock out any incoming North Korean missiles.

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