S. Korea: Pyongyang's New Missile Could Reach Washington DC

  • S. Korea: Pyongyang's New Missile Could Reach Washington DC

S. Korea: Pyongyang's New Missile Could Reach Washington DC

After the latest missile test "now no one can infringe our sovereignty and rights to survive and develop", Vice Chairman Pak Kwang-Ho of the party's decision-making Central Committee said, adding that the United States had been "jolted" at the strengthening of North Korea's nuclear force and could attempt to commit "robber-like" provocative acts.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Washington's approach was dangerously provocative. They got it no matter how badly we wanted to stop them. "We're really asking them to please restrain more of the oil, not cut it off completely", Tillerson said at the State Department. "The major supplier of that oil is China". While Trump has been bellicose at times in rhetoric toward North Korea, Tillerson has persistently held out hopes for a return to dialogue if North Korea shows it is willing to give up its nuclear weapons program.

"The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man", Trump said in a tweet. Germany was also demanding North Korea reduce its diplomatic presence in Germany.

"No", Sanders answered, pointing out that Trump has pledged additional sanctions following Tuesday's missile test.

The US government is expected to analyze the possible flight routes of the Hwasong-15 from various angles, build an operational concept to intercept it from the ground, and simulate it during the joint military drills with South Korea.

"It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they've taken", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Tuesday at the White House.

David Wright, a scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, believes that the new missile could hit Washington, D.C., or anywhere else in the U.S.

Russia's foreign minister has accused the US ambassador to the United Nations of a "bloodthirsty" stance on North Korea that could significantly worsen tensions. -South Korea alliance and added: "Both leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to compelling North Korea to return to the path of denuclearization at any cost".

Following the launch, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged countries around the world to sever their commercial, diplomatic, military and any other ties with North Korea.

The warning came after Pyongyang tested its first missile in two months. It has said its weapons programs are a necessary defense against US plans to invade.

But Mike Elleman, a leading missile expert, wrote on 38 North, a website for North Korea analysis, that despite the missile's size it still probably couldn't send a heavy nuclear warhead as far as the US's east coast.

She said the U.S. did not seek conflict but that North Korea's regime would be "utterly destroyed" if war broke out.

She noted that Trump has been building a stronger relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and China voted with the US and the rest of the United Nations Security Council last month to approve new sanctions against North Korea.

China is a historic ally and North Korea's most important trading partner and Pyongyang is thought to be dependent on China for much of its oil supplies.