North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for US after latest test

North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for US after latest test

The US has said it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea - but only if it halts its missile and nuclear tests.

Tuesday's test is in response to a growing threat from North Korea, which recently launched its third missile test in three weeks.

The U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked what appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile for six minutes and determined it did not post a threat to North America.

The suspected Scud-type missile was launched at 5:39 a.m. (2039GMT Sunday) from the eastern Wonsan area before flying around 450 km and landing in open waters, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from worldwide society is absolutely unacceptable".

The US leader has urged China, the North's sole major ally and key trade partner, to do more to press Pyongyang to curb its missile and nuclear programmes.

South Korea and Japan have condemned the tests and Russian Federation has encouraged a diplomatic solution instead of military action to curb Kim's military provocations.

A South Korean military official said the North fired one missile on Monday, clarifying an earlier assessment that there may have been more than one launch.

North Korea has spent the last decade working to develop an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States.

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The U.S. military has shot down mock warhead over the Pacific in a key success for it missile defense program (the rocket is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California).

"We can not tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form", Suga said in a statement after the test.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (in white) watches the test of a new anti-aircraft guided weapon system at an undisclosed location.

The minister also said analysis of images released by the North Korean state agency showed a launch pad and a rocket with a warhead and wings that can be controlled.

According to experts, Pyongyang has increased the pace in terms of nuclear testing to an unprecedented level in the effort to develop an intercontinental missile capable of destroying U.S. territory.

He called on Japan to speak and act cautiously on the South China Sea and to play a constructive role as relevant countries in the region are making efforts to solve the issue properly.

A US Navy spokesman in South Korea did not give specific timing for the strike group's planned drill.

However, the Chinese statement made no mention of North Korea. As a result, North Korea is stepping up its development of advanced weapons that would allow the country to defend itself.

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