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North Korea missile test 'dashes hopes for peace'

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 01:22

North Korea tests another missile on Sunday, causing South Korea to say it's dashed hopes for peace. Francis Maguire reports.

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Seoul says it's dashed hopes for peace. North Korea firing a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday (May 21). Its second missile test in a week - and - what military officials in the south say appears to be an upgraded version. South Korea's new liberal government had hoped for improved relations with their reclusive neighbor, but North Korea has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programs - even from China, its lone major ally. Saying the weapons are needed for legitimate self-defense. Pyongyang has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland and on Saturday - they said they'd reached their goal. But western missile experts say that claim is exaggerated. And according to an official travelling with U.S. President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia, the White House noted that this missile had a shorter range than the three previous tests. Experts saying North Korea seems to be perfecting two types of missiles: solid-fueled and liquid-fueled which may help explain the surge in testing. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the latest action was 'a snub and a challenge to international efforts for a peaceful resolution.' South Korea calling it 'reckless and irresponsible' - their new president Moon Jae-In has barely been in office for two weeks. He was elected with a mandate of a more moderate approach to the North, seeking to reduce tension on the peninsula.

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North Korea missile test 'dashes hopes for peace'

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 01:22