North Korea has fired a newly developed medium-range ballistic missile into its eastern waters in a display of military bravado on the eve of a critical meeting between President Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping.
U.S. and South Korean officials identified the projectile as a KN-15 medium-range missile, which was first publicly tested in February. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had said after its test two months ago that the missile, called “Pukguksong-2” in North Korea, gives Pyongyang another nuclear attack capability against the United States and South Korea.
The missile uses pre-loaded solid fuel which means it takes shorter time to prepare for a launch than the liquid propellant missiles that make up most of its arsenal.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Wednesday’s launch in a terse statement that added: “The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”
The topic is expected to be a major part of the talks Friday and Saturday between Trump and Xi in Mar-a-Lago.
In an interview this week with the Financial Times, Trump issued China with an ultimatum if it fails to pressure North Korea to scrap its nuclear program, saying Washington is ready to take action unilaterally… see more