Trump's security adviser reaffirms plan to deploy missile defense system

Joint Naval Drill

Joint Naval Drill

Following North Korea's latest provocation, President Donald Trump has said the US will strengthen its military to defend itself and its allies from the threat posed by Kim Jong-un's expanding arsenal of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

The United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to proceed with the deployment of an advanced US missile defense system that has angered China, a day after North Korea's latest test launch drew condemnation across the volatile region.

The missile in North Korea's latest launch didn't fly very far, but it may have been the second test of a technology that worries experts.

As the leaders of China and the United States sit down for a summit on Thursday, North Korea has made sure it also has something on the negotiating table: A nuclear-tipped bargaining chip. According to a statement issued by the White House, Trump assured Abe that the U.S.

Deputy National Security Advisor Kathleen Troia (K.T.) McFarland, on the other hand, stated that it is most likely that North Korea would launch a nuclear strike to the US mainland by 2020, according to the Financial Times as cited by TruNews. North Korea often responds to the drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric.

Brig. Gen. Park Chul-kyun, deputy director general for global policy at the South Korean ministry; Andrew Winternitz, U.S. acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia; and Koji Kano, director for defense policy at Japan's defense ministry joined the conference call.

The incident represented a "threat to the peace and stability of the whole world", Seoul said, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe labelled it a "grave provocation".

A man watches a news bulletin in 2016 showing footage a missile launch conducted by North Korea.

Trump has called on Beijing, Pyongyang's closest ally, to exert more pressure on Kim Jong-un's regime to abandon the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

North Korea has been increasingly provocative in recent weeks. However, a senior USA defense official later told CNN that the missile was actually an extended-range Scud missile.

A United States defence official later said that the missile was an extended range Scud and had suffered an in-flight failure.

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Having reached an altitude of 189 kilometers, the missile flew about 60 kilometers before falling into the East Sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Washington, Seoul and others call the North's space programme a cover for its long-range missile development scheme.

The missile was sacked at a high angle and reached an altitude of 189 km, the official added.

"We continue to have those shortfalls", he said.

When conducting nuclear and missiles tests in recent years, it has cited what it calls increasing US military threats.

It's unclear why the discrepancy exists.

In early March, North Korea launched five medium-range Scud-type missiles.

The initial launch details also raised questions with some experts. "They may have been trying to test one stage".

In February, North Korea successfully tested a land-based version of the KN-11 that also traveled the same distance.

Based on initial analysis between South Korea and the United States militaries, the missile is believed to be a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile - otherwise known as Pukguksong-2 that the North launched for the first time in February, the JCS added. But "a solid (fueled) rocket can be rolled out and launched at a moment's notice".

That makes them hard for those monitoring North Korea's military movements to spot, as there are fewer indicators, such as movement of trucks, for South Korean or U.S. satellites and other surveillance to detect. Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, questioned why North Korea would do a shorter launch of the KN-15. "It should be concerning everyone because it will be improving the chance to use their offensive capabilities better".

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