Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

In North Korea Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for missile developers

In North Korea Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for missile developers

Kim said the launch showed the "highly developed stage of science and technology in the field of national defence attained by the DPRK" which he said is "of great and special significance" in ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

In a rare interview on Iranian television Thursday, North Korea's Kang Sam Hyon said the CIA and Seoul's National Intelligence Service targeted the North Korean leader beginning in June 2014, when US and South Korean agents in Khabarovsk, Russia, recruited a North Korean national with the surname Kim.

Kim noted that the USA has "gestured" as if it wants dialogue, referring to a series of recent remarks by senior US officials that suggested Washington may have become more willing to open talks with the North.

The missile launch was unanimously condemned by the UN Security Council as a violation in defiance of UN sanctions.

"If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation", Mattis said at a news conference.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at the Pentagon, Friday, May 19, 2017, to give an update on the Islamic State group.

"If this goes to a military solution, it's going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale", Mattis said.

Lee Eu-gene, vice spokeswoman at South Korea's Ministry of Unification, which handles inter-Korea relations, warned North Korea on Friday in a regular briefing to cooperate with efforts by the South and the global society to denuclearize the peninsula.

The reclusive North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programs, even from its lone major ally, China, has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the United States mainland. It said that the rocket was capable of carrying "powerful heavyweight nuclear warheads." .

"But what is important is not words, but actions", North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong told reporters on Friday.

He said North Korea "probably learned a lot" from last weekend's test. "You have to pick a side".

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