Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Korea launches test missile, and Donald Trump wonders what Russian Federation thinks

North Korea launches test missile, and Donald Trump wonders what Russian Federation thinks

He said Sunday's launch may have been of a new mobile, two-stage liquid-fueled missile North Korea displayed in a huge April 15 military parade.

Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, said among the responses expected from the Trump administration would be further pressure on all countries to fully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

Moon won Tuesday's election on a platform of a moderate approach to North Korea and has said he would be willing to go to Pyongyang under the right circumstances, arguing dialogue must be used in parallel with sanctions.

The missile impacted "so close to Russian soil. the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the White House said, adding that North Korea "has been a flagrant menace for far too long".

The direction of the missile, so close to Russian Federation, was likely an attempt by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to send a message to both Moscow and Beijing, said Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center.

She said it was time to "send a strong, unified message that this is unacceptable, and I think you'll see the worldwide community do that".

The US Pacific Command said Sunday's launch did not appear to be an ICBM.

The Polish foreign ministry has condemned the recent ballistic missile test carried out by North Korea.

The projectile flew more than 700km before landing in the Sea of Japan. But if it was sacked at a standard trajectory, it would have a range of at least 4,000 km (2,500 miles), experts said.

Unsettled by the North Korean missile and military nuclear programs, the United States has adopted a war-like posture, sending a strike group to the region and conducting joint military drills with North Korea's regional adversaries, Japan and South Korea.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Sunday that the launch, which is banned by the United Nations, is "absolutely unacceptable" and that Japan will respond resolutely.

"With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil - in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan - the President can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the statement said.

The statement says the USA maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.

It's unclear why North Korea would fire a missile so close to Russian Federation.

Pyongyang has sought to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The latest test was the North's first launch since a controversial U.S. missile defense system deployed in the South became operational on May 2.

"It's his way of telling the Russians, 'You need to speak up, '" and stop US-supported worldwide sanctions on North Korea, Schuster said.

Inada's remarks suggest the missile might have been on a "lofted" trajectory, meaning it could have a far longer range than it actually flew.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday that Putin was concerned by the launch and the "escalation of tensions" in the region, according to state news agency TASS.

"If the other countries fail to act in concert, North Korea will probably keep using this tactic, pretending to be talking while carrying out more tests".

The Italian leader said that "it's a serious problem for global stability and security, and I'm convinced that the upcoming G-7, in friendship, will contribute to resolving this issue".

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