North Korea Conducts New Ballistic Missile Test

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a region near its west coast, South Korean military sources say

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South Korean military sources claim that the missile was launched near Kusong, north-west of the capital, Pyongyang. According to the same source, the missile flew 700 km (430 miles).

The test is yet another in a series of missile tests this year, causing tensions on the Korean peninsula. Tensions between North Korea, and South Korea and the U.S. have reached another high point after two missile tests last month.

However, both missile launches last month failed, with the rockets exploding just minutes into flight.

Both South Korean and Japan immediately condemned the latest launch. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for an emergency meeting of his security council to discuss the issue.

The regime in Pyongyang is determined to develop long-range missiles, despite comprehensive U.S. sanctions. Reports claim that the North is continuing its efforts to miniaturise nuclear warheads and fit them on missiles capable of reaching the US.

In the midst of heightened tensions with Washington, North Korea has announced that it would hold talks with the US “if the conditions were right”.

Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would be honored to meet with the North Korean leader King Jong-un.

Source: BBC News