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South Korea tests missile with warning to North

25 June 2017

The US has also ramped up its military presence in the region, conducting drills with Japan as well as South Korea, and is installing a controversial missile defense system in South Korea, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system.

Pyongyang's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial that South Korea and the United States should give up attempts to make the North abandon its nuclear weapons.

The North has also pledged to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday oversaw a missile test, which his office said was "aimed at sending a clear warning against North Korea's repeated provocations".

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USA officials have said North Korea has test-fired another rocket.

Moon's comment on Thursday and his missile test inspection are seen as an attempt to show himself as a commander in chief tough on North Korea, at the same time that he is open to dialogue.

"There are more people and more cars but nobody knows what that means", the official said.

He is scheduled to meet with President Trump in Washington this month to discuss a joint strategy on how to stop the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told Trump in a meeting at the White House that Beijing was willing to "maintain communication and coordination" with the United States in an effort to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula, according to a statement from China's Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Due to the secretive nature of all of North Korea's military activity, it is hard for experts to assess how close the country is to building a reliable ICBM.

"Judging from the speed of North Korea's advancements in nuclear and missile technologies I believe they will acquire such capability in the near future".

Moon has expressed a desire to use the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Olympics to reach out to North Korea, with relations between the two at their lowest point in decades.

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The military said the missile, a Hyunmoo-2 with a range of up to 800 kilometers (nearly 500 miles), hit its target accurately. Pyongyang conducted similar tests in March.