North Korea V USA LIVE: News updates as Kim Jong-un threatens war with Trump – latest –



8.30am BST: China urged all parties to remain calm and exercise restraint after North Korea said it successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also reiterated that China opposed North Korea’s missile activities, which defy UN resolutions.

8pm BST: South Korea, Japan and the US will be involved in the UN’s  closed discussion on North Korea’s missile tests tomorrow (Tuesday May 23).

6:30am BST: The North has yet to demonstrate it has successfully miniaturised a nuclear warhead to mount on a ballistic missile despite claims to having mastered the technology.

On Monday, KCNA said the latest test follows the successful test last week of another missile that has put Hawaii and Alaska within range.

3am BST: Kim Jong-un has vowed to increase his nation’s military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

After watching the launch of the new Pukguksong-2 missile, the North Korean dictator was reportedly satisfied with its accuracy and branded it a “successful strategic weapon”, according to state-run media outlet KCNA.

After the second missile launch in less than a week, KCNA reported: “Saying with pride that the missile’s rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, [Kim Jong-un] approved the deployment of this weapon system for action.

1.05am BST: Shocked locals have been left dumbfounded by the speculation that North Korea has opened a “secret” nuclear launch base in a suburban British home.

The red and blue flag of Kim Jong-un’s secretive state has been hoisted above a house in Middlesborough.

Locals jokingly claim the flag, featuring the communist star, could signal anything from a nuclear test site to Kim Jong-un’s holiday home.


1.30pm BST: North Korea’s major trading partner China has not yet issued a comment but both South Korea and Japan called emergency meetings of top officials.

North Korea launched the medium-range ballistic missile from a location near Pukchang, 36 miles northeast of the capital Pyongyang, on Sunday afternoon local time. 

Noon BST: The United States Pacific Command “detected and tracked” the missile that was fired by North Korea at 8.59am BST and landed in the Sea of Japan.

The pacific command said that “the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America”. 

North Korea live: Kim Jong-un Reuters

North Korea V USA LIVE: North Korea launches ballistic rocket Hwasong-12

2.41pm BST: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said both economic and diplomatic pressure will continue to be applied to North Korea in the wake of a ballistic missile launch.

“The ongoing testing is disappointing, disturbing and we ask that they cease that,” Mr Tillerson told Fox News.

North Korea defied the UN Secruity Council by firing a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast today. It was the second missile test in a week. 

11.55am BST: South Korea’s foreign ministry condemned the missile launch as “reckless and irresponsible”, dashing the new South Korean government’s hopes for peace.

This is North Korea’s second missile test since the election of South Korea’s liberal President Moon Jae-in who hoped to pursue a moderate approach to the North.

11.50am BST: The ballistic missile fired by North Korea reached an altitude of about 348 miles (560 kilometres), a South Korean military official said.

The missile resembled North Korea’s Pukguksong-2 type, an upgraded, extended-range version of its liquid-fuel submarine-launched ballistic missile, the official said. 

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North Korea latest: Kim Jong-un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12

11.20am BST: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he wants to raise North Korean missile launches at the G7 summit in Italy this month.

“I would like to have a thorough discussion about this at the G7 summit,” Mr Abe told the press.

10.45am BST: The White House confirmed it is aware that Kim Jong-un’s regime launched a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).

“This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea’s three most recent tests,” a White House official said.  

US President Donald Trump, who is currently visiting Saudi Arabia, has not yet respond to North Korea’s latest act of provocation. 

10.40am BST: Japan strongly protested to North Korea about the ballistic missile launch as Tokyo cannot tolerate its repeated acts of provocation, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. 

The missile was launched around 4.59pm JST (8.59 am BST) from North Korea’s west coast towards the Sea of Japan and it likely landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Mr Suga said

10am BST: The missile flew about 310 miles (500 kilometres) and is believed to have landed in waters off its east coast, South Korea’s military said.

The projectile was launched from a location near Pukchang in North Korea on Sunday afternoon local time, according to South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

The office said South Korea and the US were conducting close-up analysis of the launch. 

9.30am BST: Yonhap News Agency said it was not believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), citing an anonymous source.

The latest missile test comes just a week after North Korea provoked international outcry by testing a ballistic missile that it claims can carry a nuclear warhead. 

The UN Security Council, America, Russia and South Korea condemned the last test, which flew close to Russia and crashed into the Sea of Japan last weekend. 

North Korean state media has claimed that the reclusive nation successfully tested a “newly developed ballistic rocket” capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. 

It comes after the election of South Korea’s new president 11 days ago and the US mililtary’s show of force in the region amid concerns over Kim Jong-un’s nuclear programme.  

The test of the Pukguksong-2 missile in February came shortly after Mr Trump’s inauguration in late January.

On Saturday North Korea’s state media said the nation had developed the capability to strike the US mainland, although Western missile experts say the claim is exaggerated.

“The US mainland and the Pacific operational theatre are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state KCNA news agency said.

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