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North Korean media said the country's Monday test fire of a Scud-class ballistic missile was successful, marking the hermetic country's third successful missile test in just over two weeks.
North Korean media: Monday's missile launch 'successful'
By Niv Elis - 05/29/17 07:25 PM EDT 268
North Korean media said the country's Monday test fire of a Scud-class ballistic missile was successful, marking the hermetic country’s third successful missile test in just over two weeks.
“The ballistic rocket flew toward the east sky where the day broke and correctly hit a planned target point,” AFP quoted the state-run news agency KCNA as saying.
The goal, the KCNA report continued, was testing a weapon “capable of making ultra-precision strike on the enemies' objects at any area.”
Reuters quoted South Korean officials who said the missile flew roughly 450 km, reaching an altitude of 120 km.
Earlier Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the G7 agreed that North Korea issue was a “top priority” for the international community.
"Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea,” Abe said.
North Korea is proving to be one of the most volatile strategic risk factors to the still-young Trump administration.
Former President Barack Obama reportedly told Trump that North Korea would be his biggest strategic challenge and the isolated nation has tested missiles nine times this year so far.
a group of 64 Democratic lawmakers recently warned Trump that he would need congressional approval if he wanted to launch a pre-emptive strike.
“We respectfully request more information about the steps your administration is taking to advance the prospects or direct negotiations that could lower the potential for catastrophic war and ultimately lead to the denuclearization of the peninsula,” the letter said.