North Korea claims missile launches were 'self-defence,' rejects United Nations criticism

KimKim Jong-un sitting at desk in what appears a dedicated military operations room

Experts on North Korea and missile defense told Business Insider a different story about the US's ability to defend against North Korean attacks.

South Korea's intelligence service said the missile had a range of more than 2,000km (1,243 miles).

A United States official told CNN the missile travelled 500 km before landing in the sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, and that it was launched from North Pyongan province.

Pyongyang has carried out more than 20 ballistic missile tests from January through October 2016 in what is an ambitious testing program to develop nuclear capability.

North Korea's move has equally be condemned by the Pentagon adding that the United States is committed to protecting its homeland and allies such as Japan and South Korea. Solid fuel can give missiles longer range and make detecting them before launch more hard because they can be readied faster than liquid fuel missiles.

In response to the reports, the United Nations Security Council has announced its plans to hold urgent consultations regarding North Korea.

North Korean media quoted Kim Jong Un as saying that North Korea's rocket industry "has radically turned" from liquid-fuel engines to high thrust solid fuel-powered ones.

South Korea's military is analyzing exactly what type of missile it was but there's a strong possibility that it was a midrange Musudan type, according to officials.

Appearing with Trump at a news conference at the president's south Florida estate, Abe condemned the missile launch as "absolutely intolerable". The missile, launched as Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida, is believed to have flown about 500 km (300 miles) before splashing down in worldwide waters.

On a visit to South Korea last week, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an "effective and overwhelming" response.

Abe said he felt the administration of the former president, Barack Obama, had been quite strategic but that policy would be rethought under Trump.

Though Pyongyang has been relatively quiet about the transfer of power to the Trump administration, its state media has repeatedly called for Washington to abandon its "hostile policy" and vowed to continue its nuclear and missile development programs until the US changes its diplomatic approach.

China, North Korea's closest ally, has yet to comment.

South Korea's finance ministry said it would act "swiftly and firmly" if financial markets reacted to the missile launch.

"We can not rule out the possibility that North Korea's actions may play out differently compared to the past as this is the first provocation since U.S. President Donald Trump took office", the finance ministry said in a statement".



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