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North Korean ballistic missile test takes US, Japan by surprise

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Washington DC: North Korea seems to have earned the wrath of United States and Japan following the latest ballistic missile test that was a major success. The latest ballistic missile test that comes despite a warning from United States President Donald Trump has caused reverberations across the region.

The fact that the test was a success is all the more worrying not just for South Korea, with whom it is in a state of war for the last six decades, but also Japan and the United States. The US maintains a massive force in South Korea and any war with the North can endanger the life of around thirty thousand US troops in South Korea.

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The latest ballistic missile test by North Korea is the first missile test conducted by the country since US President Donald Trump took office. The North is under punishing UN sanctions, but it hasn’t stopped the country from improving its armed forces.

The latest test is a major threat to South Korea. Following the test acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said “The South Korean government and the international community are working together to take punitive actions appropriate for this launch”.

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Speculations are doing the rounds about the nature of the ballistic missile and its reach. South Korean officials are of the view that it is a Rodong or a modified version. They ruled out the possibility that it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), based on the flight distance.

On the other hand, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, currently in the US on a state visit told the media while addressing the press conference with President Trump, “North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable. North Korea must fully comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions”. Trump spoke after Abe and gave a one-sentence statement: “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%.”

Media reports suggest that the ballistic missile was launched from North Pyongan Province. The missile traveled 500 kilometers (310 miles) and landed in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, sources said. On the other hand Capt. Cody Chiles, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command, said the missile was either a medium-range or intermediate-range ballistic missile.

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