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North Korea's missile launch threatens whole world, says S Korea

North Korea's missile launch threatens whole world, says S Korea

"It is likely that this launch is a test for a new type of missile or an upgrade so the possibility is high for further provocation in the near future", Kim Dong-Yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said.

Pyongyang has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them past year - and multiple missile launches. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

It also showed off two new intercontinental ballistic missile-sized canisters on transporter erector launchers and mobile erector launchers.

According to the adviser, the US had good intelligence both before and after the launch.

The North Korean military has reportedly displayed new types of ballistic missiles in a Saturday parade marking the 105th birthday of its late founder Kim Il-Sung.

Pence has been in contact with the President on this issue.

Choe, who is believed to be the second-most powerful official in North Korea, further stated that the new USA government under Donald Trump was "creating a war situation" on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching strategic military assets to the region. "The President has no further comment", said Mattis.

The latest development comes as US Vice-President Mike Pence heads to the South Korean capital, Seoul, where he is expected to discuss the best way to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. Thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were also deployed last month in their biggest-ever joint military exercises, which prompted North Korea to issue routine threats of attacks on its rival if they show signs of aggression.

The display, which celebrated the 105th anniversary of the birth of his late grandfather Kim Il Sung, saw the regime intensify its rhetoric against the US.

It is thought to have a small arsenal of atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles.

North Korea is working to develop a nuclear missile that can strike the United States.

U.S. Pacific Command detected the botched launch at around 11:20 a.m.in Hawaii but were unable to determine what kind of missile was launched near the coastal city of Sinpo.

U.S. President Donald Trump, asked about North Korea this week, told reporters: "North Korea is a problem".

Since then, Washington and a vast majority of world governments have repeatedly demanded that the North denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

A United States nuclear-powered Navy carrier strike group is also heading towards the Korean Peninsula as America strengthens its defences against North Korea's elevating nuclear threats. The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted the two nuclear tests past year, including its most powerful to date.

Kim Jong Un didn't speak before North Korean television ended the live broadcast. Specifically, in fact, it reportedly "exploded immediately" after lifting off, putting an instant halt to the test, which was nearly surely intended as a show of force and intimidation. That launch came shortly before Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Part of his mission will be to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the US will defend them against North Korean aggression without acting in a way that might tip the region into open conflict.

Two weeks ago, North Korea launched a projectile into the East Sea that flew 60 km, which according to PACOM was the "a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile".

The parade came amid growing global concern that North Korea could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test or a major missile launch, possibly its first flight test of an ICBM capable of reaching America.

Despite North Korea's provocations, USA officials have said that the US doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

The administration says North Korea is ratcheting up tension by pursuing a nuclear weapons program.