North Korea's missile created to be launched from submarine, officials say

Musudan Missile

However, China said that the root cause of North Korean missile launches is friction with the USA and South Korea.

South Korean military officials say North Korea fired a ballistic missile into its eastern sea early on February 12, with Seoul and the US military saying they were assessing the launch. The best way, according to China, to get Pyongyang to halt its nuclear program would be for the USA to give North Korea a guarantee it won't unseat the government.

South Korea's foreign ministry said that "North Korea's repeated provocations show the Kim Jong-un regime's nature of irrationality, maniacally obsessed in its nuclear and missile development".

If true, it would be a big step forward in North Korea's quest to boost its ability to attack the United States and its close allies, South Korea and Japan.

Xu Liping, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Pyongyang's provocations had strengthened the United States alliances with Japan and South Korea.

"Pyongyang's missile threat against the Seoul metropolitan area where key facilities and population are concentrated is directly linked to the nation's security".

Italy said North Korea "must abandon the development" of such an arsenal and "interrupt its path of challenging the global community and of self-isolation".

North Korea conducted its fifth test of a nuclear device past year and was seen by experts and officials to be making progress in its weapons capabilities. "We require a swift, resolute and well-coordinated policy to deter Pyongyang now and with time, to peacefully de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula".

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan early Sunday as U.S President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida. It flew about 500km before falling into the sea. Both were of intermediate-range Musudan missiles and both failed, according to USA and South Korean officials. Arguably, he might have resorted to armed provocation to test the response from the new U.S. administration.

South Korea's military said Sunday the rocket is a "new solid-propulsion long-range missile", and later on Monday Seoul's joint chiefs said the "Pukguksong-2 appears to be a solid-fuel driven midrange ballistic missile", or IRBM. It was the first such test since October.

Japan was attacked by Trump during the campaign trail for not helping with the cost of hosting U.S. military in the country.

In typical style Trump said: 'I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 per cent'.

Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suge, said the test was "clearly a provocation to Japan and the region".

Still, he said it's fortunate that the new administration has been working to reassure allies of the USA security commitments, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' trip to South Korea and Japan.

Bader says it's not clear what Trump's national security adviser meant by that statement "except that it was meant to be scary to the Iranians".