North Korea test fires ANOTHER ballistic missile two weeks after its last attempt

North Korea is playing with fire.

  • South Korean military said unknown projectile was launched early on Sunday 
  • Was fired from area where regime is testing intermediate-range ballistic missile
  • Launch marks first in two weeks since last test failed moments into flight 

North Korea fired on Sunday an unidentified projectile from a region near its west coast, South Korea's military said.

The nature of the projectile is not immediately clear, a South Korean military official said, though local media reports that it appears to be a ballistic missile.

The launch took place at a region named Kusong located northwest of the capital, Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched an intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.

North Korea launched an unidentified projectile early on Sunday, observers from the South said, as local media reports it appears to be a ballistic missile (file image)




  • North Korea launched an unidentified projectile early on Sunday, observers from the South said, as local media reports it appears to be a ballistic missile (file image)

If confirmed the launch would be the first in two weeks since the last attempt ended in a failure just minutes into flight.

The North attempted but failed to test-launch ballistic missiles four consecutive times in the past two months but has conducted a variety of missile testing since the beginning of last year at an unprecedented pace.

Weapons experts and government officials believe the North has accomplished some technical progress with those tests.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a 'major, major conflict' with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programmes.

The launch is the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday saying dialogue as well as pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit.



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Kim Jong Un wants to meet Trump, will never give up nukes, says defector

Seoul (CNN)The only way to change North Korea's destiny is to change its leader, says the most senior North Korean diplomat to defect in almost 20 years.

Thae Yong Ho was number two in the North Korean embassy in London before he escaped with his wife and two sons, arriving in South Korea in A...
"As long as Kim Jong Un is in power, there'll be no chance for the world to improve the human rights issue" or cancel "the nuclear program," he says.
Thae's initial hopes that Kim's youth and overseas studies would make him a reformer were soon destroyed as he saw more and more of his fellow high-ranking officials being executed, almost, he says, on a whim.
"If Kim Jong Un decides to kill someone, if he thinks that he is a threat or he scared him, he just wants to get rid of him, that is the present reality of North Korea," he says, adding that he knows more elites will defect.
A South Korean think-tank affiliated with the country's intelligence agency (INSS) assesses at least 340 people have been ordered to be executed since Kim took power in December 2011.

Talking to Trump

Thae says after his initial surprise that President Donald Trump won the US election, Kim now sees it as "a good opportunity for him to open a kind of compromise with the new American administration."
But Thae insists Kim will only talk on his terms, pointing to the leader's New Year's Address.
"The level of this New Year's speech is almost blunt blackmail," says Thae.
In the address, Kim made it clear that if the US continued its current policy against North Korea, he would continue to add nuclear weapons to the country's military capability.
"He called it pre-emptive strike capability," says Thae. "That is ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missiles]."
During his campaign, President Trump said he would be open to meeting Kim. Thae makes a plea for the president to reconsider, saying it would give the North Korean leader legitimacy he currently doesn't have in his own country. 
"Even Chinese President Xi Jinping and even Russian President Putin -- they haven't even met Kim Jong Un," he says.
Thae claims that despite commanding loyalty through fear, Kim is still struggling to secure the legitimacy enjoyed by his father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea.
"After 5 years in power, he couldn't even tell the North Korean people about his date of birth, when he was born, about his mother, his relationship with his grandfather," he says. 

That missile, according to some reports, CAN carry a nuclear warhead.  President Trump must deal with it. 

I heard that last night as well. Ugh

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