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North Korea's Missile Footage Reveals Why Emergency Meeting Was Called

South Korea: Moon Jae-in to call for an emergency meeting

By: Jacky Murphy  |@NeonNettle
 on 15th May 2017 @ 2.27pm
north korea state tv have released shocking footage of their ballistic missile launch © press
North Korea state TV have released shocking footage of their ballistic missile launch

North Korea state TV have released shocking footage of their ballistic missile launch which they fired on Sunday.

The hermit kingdom claimed it had successfully fired a new type of ballistic missile which was part of their focus on the ability to develop and launch Nuclear Weapons.

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North Korea's ballistic missile landed in the sea near Russia which prompted South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in to call for an emergency meeting with his security council calling it a "reckless provocation".

Zerohedge reports: The missile was launched at the highest angle so as not to affect the security of neighbouring countries and flew 787km reaching an altitude of 2,111.5km, KCNA said. Experts said the altitude reached by the missile tested meant it was launched at a high trajectory, which would limit the lateral distance it travelled. But if it was fired at a standard trajectory, it would have a range of at least 4,000km, according to experts.

It "represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling wrote on the 38 North website. "The test-fire aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead," KCNA said.

Cited by the WSJ, independent experts said the missile, if fired at a conventional angle, could have flown 2,800 miles—far enough to reach the U.S. military base in Guam. That is a “considerably longer range than its current missiles,” said David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in an analysis of the launch.

It appeared to demonstrate an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that could "reliably strike the US base at Guam" in the Pacific, he said, and "more importantly, may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)".

Sunday's launch was of a "new ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket" named the Hwasong-12, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said. Leader Kim Jong-un personally oversaw the test, it said, and "hugged officials in the field of rocket research, saying that they worked hard to achieve a great thing".

Kim accused the United States of "browbeating" countries that "have no nukes" and warned Washington not to misjudge the reality that its mainland is in the North's "sighting range for strike", KCNA reported.

The launch drew heavy criticism from the international community, including China and Russia, with the US Treasury warning it may escalate sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime. In a statement after the launch, US President Donald Trump's White House called North Korea a "flagrant menace" and urged "far stronger sanctions" against the isolated nation.

The North has claimed it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion and has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of last year.

"The timing is particularly significant because South Korea has a new president - testing him is partly what this is about," Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas, reporting from Seoul, said. "This is also a sign that they don't feel intimidated by Donald Trump," he added. "It does seem that this may be a new type of rocket that is being tested - that makes this the most significant launch in at least a year."

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