North Korea conducts another missile test

Marie Harrington
June 26, 2017

But today he said "dialogue is only possible when we have a strong military, and engagement policies are only possible when we have the security capability to dominate North Korea", according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CBS, South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in said his country had no plans to end or downsize joint military exercises with the US.

Two U.S. officials who spoke to Fox on the condition of anonymity said the engine test took place in Yunsong, North Korea, where other tests had taken place.

The US, meanwhile, is ramping up capabilities to defend itself against the threat from North Korea, staging its first-ever successful test to intercept an incoming ICBM-type missile last month.

The news of the new test also comes as another U.S. official said Wednesday there are signs of increased activity at North Korea's lone nuclear test site.

"China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with relevant parties including the United States to ease tensions on the peninsula", State Councillor Yang Jiechi said, according to the ministry.

The test follows about a dozen missile launches this year, as well as three engine tests in March.

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North and South Korea remain technically at war since the Korean War (1950-1953) ended with an armistice that has not been replaced with a peace treaty. Defense officials and the domestic news media said the missile could fly up to 497 miles - the maximum ballistic missile range allowed under a deal with the United States.

Since winning the election last month, Mr. Moon has vowed to pursue talks with North Korea, insisting that sanctions alone have failed to persuade it to stop its nuclear weapons program.

A series of ballistic missiles fired by the rotund ruler has led to fears that he is readying to fire at South Korea.

"Our people will feel proud and safe after seeing that our missile capability doesn't trail North Korea's", Park quoted Moon as saying.

News of the recent test in the North came a day after Tillerson urged China, Pyongyang's sole ally, to put more pressure on the North to rein in its atomic weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

It was the second such test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor, which is being developed by Raytheon. In February, it claimed to have successfully completed the launch of a new ballistic missile.

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