North Korea has missiles powerful enough to launch strike at America

May 14, 2017 | By | Reply More

Japan and South Korea said the missile reached an altitude of 2,000 km (1,245 miles) and landed just 60 miles south of Russia.

north koreaKim Jong-un’s latest missile launch suggests North Korea has a weapon capable of striking at the US, experts have warned.

Japan and South Korea said the missile reached an altitude of 2,000 km (1,245 miles) and landed just 60 miles south of Russia.

Fired from a site north of Pyongyang, its estimated range of 3,700 miles would make it capable of hitting Hawaii.

South Korea’s newly elected President Moon Jae-in described the launch at dawn as “reckless provocation”.

Analysts say the test suggested a longer range than previous North Korean missiles.

A US official said the missile landed in water 60 miles south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, home of the Russian Pacific Fleet.

Japan defence minister Tomomi Inada said it had travelled for 30 minutes.

Expert Kim Dong-yub, based in Seoul, gave a range of 3,700 miles, capable of reaching Hawaii.

The North has tried but failed to test-launch ballistic missiles on four consecutive occasions in the past two months.

US President Donald Trump called for more sanctions on despot Kim’s regime after they conducted a variety of missile tests.

The latest launch was the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday.

President Moon Jae-In expressed ‘deep regret’ after leaving open the option of dialogue with North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slammed the missile launch as ‘totally unacceptable’ and a ‘grave threat’ to Tokyo.

He said: “We strongly protest against North Korea.”

The White House issued a statement saying President Trump has been briefed on the latest test.

A spokesman said: “With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.

“North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us.

“The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.

“Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, currently in Beijing, China, on a two-day visit, was ‘concerned’ at the latest reports, said a spokesman.

The missile launch came amid claims from Kim’s spokesman that he is willing to talk to the US.

Choe Son Hui declared North Korea would speak to the Trump administration under the ‘right conditions’.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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