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Pentagon to test anti-missile system amid North Korea threat

Pentagon to test anti-missile system amid North Korea threat”

"We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment".

The South Korean military and others believe it was a Scud short-range ballistic missile. This move by the Pentagon is considered to be a display of the United State's capabilities to respond to military action initiated by North Korea. "The President has been briefed", a spokesman of the National Security Council, White House said.

Even if successful, the $244 million test will not confirm the U.S.is capable of defending itself against an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea.

The missile launched from the coastal town of Wonsan, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

Abe swiftly condemned today's launch and vowed "concrete action" with the US.

The US has said it is willing to enter into talks only if the North halts its missile and nuclear tests. In this case, the latter could well be the case as the G-7 leaders issued a statement recently saying the North Korean government "increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to worldwide peace and stability". Trump said in a tweet.

Kim supervised a new ballistic missile test on Monday, controlled by a precision guidance system, and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons to defend the country against the USA, state media reported.

China has repeatedly said it views dialogue as the path to resolving the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.

China has called on Pyongyang to suspend its nuclear and missile tests while urging the U.S.to stop military exercises on and near the Korean Peninsula which North Korea sees as a threat to its sovereignty.

"This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea".

Suga, the Japanese Cabinet secretary, said the missile fell about 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of the Oki islands in southwestern Japan and 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of Sado island in central Japan.

Pyongyang has conducted nine ballistic missile tests this year, including one in which four missiles were launched on the same day.

April 30: Trump calls North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "a pretty smart cookie" in a US television interview for being able to hold onto power after taking over at a young age.

Amid growing concern over North Korea's testing of long-range missiles, the Pentagon will be doing some missile defense system testing of its own Tuesday. China is North Korea's only major ally.

Yachi sought Beijing's cooperation in having Pyongyang exercise restraint and imposing United Nations sanctions on North Korea.



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