North Korea Test-Fires 7th Ballistic Missile Of 2017, Projectile Flew 700Km, Landed In Sea Of Japan

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Update: Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday that North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile was a violation of U.N. resolutions and that Japan strongly protested the action. Additionally:

  • *MISSILE MAY BE NEW TYPE: KYODO CITES JAPAN DEFENSE MINISTER
  • *MISSILE EST ALTITUDE 2,000KM, KYODO NEWS REPORT
  • *S. KOREA WILL DEAL STERNLY WITH N. KOREA PROVOCATIONS: YOON
  • *S. KOREA PRESIDENT STILL OPEN TO DIALOGUE WITH N. KOREA: YOON

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As we detailed earlier, on the eve of a summit in Beijing, and just hours after Pyongyang's chief nuclear negotiator said North Korea is ready to hold talks with the United States "if the conditions are mature", South Korea's Yonhap reports that North Korea has fired a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile, from a region named Kusong located northwest of Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched its intermediate-range missile.

The nature of the projectile was not immediately clear, a South Korean military official told Reuters.

The ballistic missile firing is North Korea’s seventh this year.

The launch comes just hours after The South China Morning Post reports Choe Son-hui, head of the North Korea's Foreign Ministry's North America bureau, offered the assurance in the Chinese capital after an informal meeting in Norway with Thomas Pickering, a former US ambassador to the United Nations.

"If conditions are mature, we will hold dialogue with the Donald Trump administration," she said.

 

Choe made the remarks just days after Trump said he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "under the right circumstances".

 

But the comments also came as the US embassy in Beijing told China's foreign ministry that North Korea's attendance at the top-level gathering for the "Belt and Road Initiative" could send the wrong message as the world was trying to pressure Pyongyang over its ­repeated missile and nuclear tests. The foreign ministry said Beijing welcomed the participation of all countries in the summit.

South Korea's Yonhap News confirms North Korea has fired what appears to be a ballistic missile from its west coast, the South Korean military reported early Sunday. The launch would be the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight. It would also be the first launch 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. The new president Moon has said he is willing to engage in dialogue with his northern neighbor.

Weapons experts and government officials, cited by Reuters, "believe the North has accomplished some technical progress with those tests."

South Korean Military has now confirmed it was a ballistic missile that flew 700 km.

The Japanese government confirms the missile flew 30 minutes and landed in The Sea of Japan.

Kim claimed in January to be in the final stages of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile, and has since launched several intermediate-range projectiles with varying degrees of success.

The action provides an early test for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to office on May 10 saying he would visit Pyongyang under the “right circumstances” to bring peace to the peninsula. Moon convened a meeting of the national security council Sunday morning, according to the Presidential Blue House.

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Today's launch should not be a total surprise: In a interview earlier in the week with by Sky News, in response to a question "is a sixth nuclear test now imminent", the answer of the North Korean Ambassador to the UK, Choe Il was "In regards to the sixth nuclear test, I do not know the scheduled time for it, as I am here in the UK, not in my home country. However, I can say that the nuclear test will be conducted at the place and time as decided by our supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un."

Asked if he is afraid of a possible US military response, the ambassador answers that "we are developing our nuclear strength to respond to that kind of attack by the US. If the US attacks us, our military and people are fully ready to respond to any kind of attack. I do not think the US are considering a military attack against us." 

Asked what would North Korea's response be to a preemptive strike, he answer that: "The US cannot attack us first. If the US moves an inch, then we are ready to turn to ashes any available strategic assets of the US."

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SilverRoofer's picture

Did you think they wouldn't?

barndoor's picture

Kim hates Trump so much he has a reverse-Trump haircut.  

Looks just as stupid though..

DontGive's picture

Long Rocket part suppliers.

cheka's picture

and it's none of your business.  fck off nyc.dc

AltRight Girl's picture

Some things in all this Kim=bad guy rhetoric don't add up. China seems to be very fond of the little guy.

What if Everything We’re Being Told About U.S.-North Korea Tensions is Wrong?


cheka's picture

nok has also been talking sh-t to the ziofreak bloodthirsties in israel.  they know the deal -

barndoor's picture

I agree 100% (even though I have no fucking idea what you're ranting about).

Schlump's picture

Now I'm going to start WW3. Bigly.

Look at those hands, are they small hands? Rubio said if my hands are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee. So you'll see me use missiles sooner than later, just to back up that guarantee.

knukles's picture

Betcha hundreds of guys in way too big of hats for reality were smiling and taking notes in their little Spiral diaries.

barndoor's picture

I've always wondered about those weirdly large hats.

I'm working on the assumption that they are anti-anti-aircraft artillery hats.

PrayingMantis's picture

... "If conditions are mature, ... "

... well, that might take a while ... we have Kim & Don, two immature kids, both with funny haircuts, showing off who's got the bigger arms ...

 

;)

CrankyCurmudgeon's picture

The saying is "all hat, no cattle." That's our donny.

old naughty's picture

"unprecedent" fallout next ?

RedKlaxon's picture

Looks like the little-shit figured out the hack destroying his launches - removed self-destruct and fail-safe controls.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

More likely launching on cloudy days.

loves the truth's picture

IM sure there are plenty of Rothschild banks they will supply him with all the money he needs to buy lots of Nuke and missles from the US of Israel to blow us to kingdom come... SAves the jews from directly killing all of us..

Bill of Rights's picture

And you can prove this how? You Kim's Fluffer?

barndoor's picture

No - one time I saw your mom blowing Trump behind a dumpster in Atlantic City.

Anyway, I can't believe that the Korean has a smaller dick than that.

However, your mom did seem to be enjoying herself, so who am I to judge?

curbjob's picture

If one was to believe the dusty US narrative on Russia, the Norks wouldn't need to test their Russian arsenal of icb's ...

much like the Israelis have no need to test their arsenal. The UL sticker means they've already passed.

Mr 9x19's picture

the contest of the biggest dick can last for some times, wake me up when the 1 shroom is on NYC or L.A

barndoor's picture

If his hands are any indication, I think Trump would actually lose such a contest to Kim.

And I'm trying hard to avoid racial stereotypes here...

cheka's picture

nyc.dc been pushing nok evil for years and years....decades with iran.  bunch of ya ya fearmongering horseshit

barndoor's picture

I agree 100% (even though I have no fucking idea what you're ranting about).

jeff montanye's picture

first time perhaps.

this time s/he seems pretty clear.

fear mongering.  nyc and dc do it and have for years.

part of the plan.  if trump doesn't cooperate imo there will be impeachment attempts over lies (if he is forced to testify).  he must take the offense.  bust 9-11.  they are coming for him.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/business/media/sinclair-broadcast-kom...

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2017/05/trumps-denial-of-ties-to-russian-i...

Lost in translation's picture

Who in their right mind would waste a nuke on L.A.? There's nothing of any value, here.

In fact, nuking L.A. would send shouts of joy up across the rest of America, as Mexico's second-largest city going up in smoke means less US taxpayer monies being pissed down a rathole.

One might even term it "urban renewal."

Berspankme's picture

Want to completely destroy LA.? Knock the power out for 24 hours. The dindu's will empty the place because slavery

AlexCharting's picture

Kim Jong Dumb Dumb

Edward Morbius's picture

Captain Trump: "If they fire one, I'll fire one".

 

Ensign Kushner: "Fire one!"

Laughing.Man's picture

Very few people will understand what you just wrote.

Edward Morbius's picture

Being an ex-ASWO on a 1052 class FF, I always liked that movie. Richard Widmark is great, as is the whole cast. For those that do not know, it is "The Bedford Incident".

Able Ape's picture

Yeah, be careful of what you say and where you say it....

general ambivalent's picture

I always laugh when conservatards try to make fun of this country for its traditional values. Gotta love Americans' accidental irony.

TheSilentMajority's picture

Send in Team America World Police.

They fixed dat before.

barndoor's picture

Yes - we've seen this movie before.  And I wonder what the North Korean verison of ISIS will get up to.

IridiumRebel's picture

Nice! I'll head to the bunker....

TomGa's picture

The projectile has been identified as the scientists who botched the last two launches.

lester1's picture

Just another excuse for the plunge Protection Team to smash gold and silver prices.

Laughing.Man's picture

Another distraction?  I'm surprised Ukraine is no longer in the news.  Anyway, is the US-South Korean military exercise over?

eduard khil's picture

Some day one of these little fire crackers is gonna land in a place where it shouldn't and Kim ding ding dong un will get his big chance

Fundies's picture

Flashpoint version 2.0

mary mary's picture

Bullish for high tech.  North Korea is giving the Arms Race a shot of the Blue Meth.  Yeehaw!

Able Ape's picture

Whoop De Do...And I should care because....?

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Those Commie-Heathens, have secretly injected

magnetic nanoparticles into the brains

and spinal cords of decent Americans, causing

mass mental adultery, borrow-and-spend

consumption, and the inability to read good.

I can feel them.

Beans's picture

That's the spirit!  

There's a whole bunch of smug Zews choking on their bagels as we speak :D

Youri Carma's picture

Oeeeeehh! I am so scared now, let's unleash nuclear armageddon now please destroy me to save me!

lakecity55's picture

President Trump needs to have a sit-down with Fatboi and President Xi.

If it were up to me, I would add Vlad. You don't fuck with Vlad. Maybe Chuck can, but I can't!