SEOUL — North Korea’s missile program is progressing faster than expected, a South Korean minister said on Tuesday, hours after the UN Security Council demanded the North halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests and condemned Sunday’s test-launch.
The reclusive North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programs, even from its lone major ally, China, has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the U.S. mainland.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has called for an immediate halt to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs and has warned that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea under previous presidents was at an end.
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo told parliament Sunday’s test-launch was “successful in flight”.
IRBM launch from North Korea, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Image Credit: Rodong Sinmun screen grab
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