U.S. general confident North Korean missile can be intercepted

Kari Scott
April 11, 2017

North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, the latest it has test-fired in recent months.

Council members said they "deplore" all North Korean ballistic missile activity, stressing that it contributes to the country's development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and diverts resources from the needs of its people.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had said after the February launch that the missile, called "Pukguksong-2" in North Korea, provided another nuclear attack capability against the United States and South Korea.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday that "the United States has seen China for 25 plus years say that they're concerned about North Korea, but we haven't seen them act like they're concerned about North Korea".

North Korea now has the strength to "wipe out" the United States "in a moment" with an H-bomb, the editorial said.

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 conduct a nuclear test.

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Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at Sejong Institute outside Seoul, said that could come in the form of another nuclear or ICBM test after the summit.

The Japanese government has chose to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea by two years, Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Friday.

North Korea has been pursuing its nuclear and missile programs at an unprecedented pace since previous year, with an aim to expand its deterrence against Washington and diversify its line-up of nuclear-equipped missiles, another expert said.

Dictator Kim Jong-Un has has stepped up the frequency of its weapons testing over the past two years and experts say it is closing in on the ability to hit America with a rocket.

The constant testing has deepened concern especially in nearby Japan and neighbouring South Korea - and also in Washington over fears that Pyongyang could soon develop a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the US mainland. Earlier in March, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone.

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