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North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral

18 May 2017

A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russian Federation.

Trump warned this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible, and in a show of force, sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.

"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong Un is a recipe for a disaster", Harris said.

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The Patriots are created to intercept an incoming missile at its "terminal stage" - just before it hits - if the Aegis' ship-based SM-3 missiles fail to intercept them farther out and higher up, at midcourse.

The missile on Sunday was deliberately fired on a "lofted" trajectory - reaching more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles), which is higher than satellites in low Earth orbit - to test re-entry capabilities and place its "splash zone" in the open Pacific.

The objective of the launch was to test re-entry capabilities and what is being described as its "splash zone" in the open Pacific.

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After the missile launch on Sunday, the United States, Japan and South Korea called a UN Security Council meeting to press North Korea to change course and dismantle its missile and nuclear programmes. As about Haley's comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China would work hard at reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula and finding a peaceful resolution. The U.S. troop presence in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, is primarily to guard against the North Korean threat. If it had been fired at a standard trajectory (marked in red) it would have reached nearly halfway across the Pacific.

IRBMs are created to travel from 1,860 to 2,485 miles.

North Korea on Sunday launched what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet, claiming it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead" in a test aimed at bringing the United States mainland within reach. "Our credibility and more importantly our collective security are directly at stake here".

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Sunday's missile was deliberately fired at the highest angle to avoid affecting neighbouring countries' security, but had it been launched at a standard trajectory, it would have reached at least 2,500 miles (4,000km) - nearly half the 5,500 miles (8,851 km) required to reach the United States mainland.

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral