'Grave provocation': North Korea condemns air-war games

'Grave provocation': North Korea condemns air-war games

Last week, North Korea shattered 2½ months of relative quiet by firing off an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers say showed the reclusive country's ability to strike the U.S. East Coast.

North Korea's nuclear test are spreading a "ghost disease" that is deforming babies and sickening civilians exposed to radiation, defectors said in a report published Sunday. The larger size of the first and second stages allows the missile to fly a greater distance with a larger payload.

The Rodong Sinmun commentary said the aerial wargames show "the enemies' moves to start a nuclear war have reached a risky stage".

"This is a very big missile", Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, said in an analysis posted to Twitter.

One U.S. intelligence official told Reuters the Hwasong-15 test appears to demonstrate a more powerful North Korean solid-fuel propulsion system, especially in its second-stage rocket.

China should take unilateral action to cut off North Korean oil imports, McMaster said, adding, "you can't shoot a missile without fuel". However, McMaster claimed it isn't only his successes that should cause concern to the USA, but his failures as well. "The combination of those two things means it really is a new, more capable missile".




While the photos show the vehicle being used to position the missile upright, it is not seen in photos of the launch itself.

So far, United States officials believe the latest test involved a single missile in the inventory, and that future launches will likely include missiles with modifications.

With every missile launch or nuclear test, Kim has improved his country's capabilities, McMaster said.

A landmark 2014 United Nations report on North Korean human rights concluded that North Korean security chiefs - and possibly Kim himself - should face justice for overseeing a state-controlled system of Nazi-style atrocities. "But what we want to do is convince others, it is in their interest to do more", McMaster said.

"They can reverse engineer it, so there is always that option, but from what I saw, I am not inclined to believe they made this yet".

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