Monday, 25 September, 2017

North Korea Missile Launch Fails A Day After Military Parade

Pence to open Asian trip amid tensions with North Korea Trump Rattles Saber at North Korea as Pence Dispatched to Seoul
Howard Terry | 18 April, 2017, 01:33

The White House has said US President Donald Trump has put the North "on notice" while the possibility of US military action against Pyongyang has gained traction following US strikes against Syria on April 7.

It came after North Korea displayed almost 60 missiles - including what is suspected to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile - at a parade on Saturday to mark the 105th birthday of its founder Kim Il-Sung.

North Korea has a habit of firing off missiles to mark major political anniversaries, or as gestures of defiance to top U.S. officials visiting the region.

"The president and his military team are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch".

Pence said Trump was hopeful China "will take actions needed to bring about change in policy" in North Korea.

According to the adviser, the test had been expected and the USA had good intelligence both before and after the launch.

President Donald Trump have been in contact, aides to the vice president said.

Some analysts were puzzled by this.

The missile was launched while Pence was flying to Seoul, and one of his foreign policy advisers said that the United States did not need to respond because the missile failed. While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the specter of a potential test and an escalated USA response has trailed Pence as he undertakes his Asian tour.

The visit came one day after Kim's regime launched its latest ballistic missile, although the missile fired early Sunday morning exploded within seconds. Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile from the same region earlier this month.

North Korea attempted to launch a missile from its east coast, but it failed, according to the South Korean and United States militaries.

After stopping in Seoul, Pence is to travel to Tokyo; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Sydney.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two previous year.

"We've got a range of options - both militarily, diplomatic and others - so we have a wide array of tools at disposal for the president should he choose to use them", the official said.

South Korea made this decision last July after much equivocation. He's scheduled to be in Asia for a 10-day trip.

Moon Jae-in, the progressive candidate who had been leading in the polls, has promised to review the previous government's decision to host THAAD. There was a high degree of confidence it was not an intercontinental ballistic missile, a USA official said on condition of anonymity.

Pence was briefed on the launch, administration officials said.

"It's a critical point for the defense of South Korea in recognizing it's not an offensive weapon".

"My father served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army, and on the way here, we actually saw some of the terrain my father fought alongside Korean forces to help earn your freedom", Pence said.

The complicating factor here is China.

A US Navy attack on a Syrian airfield this month with Tomahawk missiles raised questions about Trump's plans for reclusive North Korea, which has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of UN sanctions, regularly threatening to destroy the United States. North Korea is thought to have a small arsenal of atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles.

China on Friday warned that "storm clouds" were gathering.

Trump turned to Twitter to underscore the importance of cooperation with China on North Korea. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

According to one scenario, a USA military action sends a massive number of North Korean refugees to the Japanese coast in boats, but some armed soldiers hiding among them could plot terrorist activities after landing, Kyodo said.

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