Wednesday, July 5, 2017

North Korea ICBM launch: US and S Korea respond with drill

BBC News

The US and South Korea have held a ballistic missile drill, after North Korea tested a long-range missile experts believe may reach Alaska.

Self-restraint was "all that separated armistice and war" and could be changed at any time, the two allies said.

It would be a "grave mistake" for the North to think otherwise, they said.

China and Russia have urged both sides to stop flexing their military muscle and said they opposed any attempts at regime change in North Korea.

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump questioned Beijing's commitment to countering North Korea's nuclear threat, apparently citing China's first-quarter trade figures.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40 pct in the first quarter. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!" he tweeted.

The missile launch, the latest in a series of tests, was in defiance of a ban by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The US has asked for an urgent meeting of the UNSC to discuss the issue. A closed-door session of the 15-member body will take place later on Wednesday.

Pyongyang claimed on Tuesday to have successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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