US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

President Moon Jae-in's special envoys to the United States and Japan are departing the country today to lay the groundwork of relations between the two countries and South Korea's new administration.

"Every test he makes. takes North Korea one step closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-tipped missile anywhere in the world."Harris said North Korea's nuclear and missile tests showed that the country was a "liability for China not and asset", and for showed the need for Beijing to do more rein in its neighbour.Moon won the South Korean election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach towards the North".

North Korea has justified its latest long-, medium-range ballistic missile test-firing as "routine work to raise nuclear capability for self-defence", rejecting the UN Security Council's condemnation.

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, which "accurately hit" the targeted open waters 787 km away after flying to a maximum altitude of 2,111.5 km.

"The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL [Northern Limit Line] and military demarcation line", Reuters cited Moon as saying.

"Such pressure by use of "sanction resolutions" devoid of legality, morality and impartiality is a blatant infringement on the independence of a sovereign state and act of interference in others' internal affairs", said a senior North Korean diplomat.

Admiral Harry Harris Jr, who is in charge of the United States Pacific Command based in Hawaii, said on Wednesday (17 May) that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was inching closer to developing a nuclear warhead capable of striking any country.

Pyongyang has even strained ties with former ally China, which has asked the North to rein in its weapons activities; it launched a missile test on Sunday as Chinese President Xi Jinping prepared to host a summit showcasing the One Belt, One Road initiative created to expand trade throughout the Asian continent. He also said the North's nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly recently but that the South was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says North Korea is intimidating the global community with its nuclear program, military ability and cyberattacks.

The test "represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile", John Schilling, an aerospace expert, said in an analysis on the US-based 38 North website.

"We're not going to continue to just say go ahead and test as often as you want", Haley said, flanked by the South Korean and Japanese ambassadors. The launch was the latest defiance of United Nations sanctions and provides an early challenge for South Korea's new leader, Moon Jae-in, who has vowed to engage with the regime to bring peace to the peninsula.

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