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Moon said as he took office Wednesday that he is open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about its aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles. The banner reads “The abstention of the U.N. People pass by a banner showing images of new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, bottom second from left, and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, to oppose Moon’s policy on North Korea on a street in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 11, 2017. human rights resolution is a shame of the Republic of Korea.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
The kind of projectile matters because while North Korea regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland. The Trump administration has called such North Korean efforts unacceptable and has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk as it formulates a policy.
North Korea needs tests to perfect its missile program, but it also is thought to time its launches to come after the elections of new U.S. Last week South Koreans elected a new president, Moon Jae-in, who favours a much softer approach than his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who is in jail awaiting a corruption trial. and South Korean presidents in what analysts say are efforts meant to gauge a new administration’s reaction.
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The launch also comes as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather on remote U.S. islands in the Pacific for drills that are partly a message to North Korea.
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It comes just days after the election of a new South Korean president and as U.S., Japanese and European militaries gather for war games in the Pacific. SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea on Sunday launched a ballistic missile that flew about 700 kilometres (435 miles), South Korea’s military said.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the early morning launch but had few other details, including what type of ballistic missile was fired. militaries are analyzing the details. A statement said that the missile was fired from near Kusong City, in North Pyongan province, and that the South Korean and U.S.