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DPRK says ballistic missile test successful

People's Daily Online

By Meng Yaping (CNTV) 09:18, May 30, 2017

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) confirmed the test-firing of a ballistic missile on Monday was successful, reported the state-run news agency KCNA on Tuesday.

DPRK leader Kim Jong Un guided the launch, the third in nine weeks, through a precision control guidance system. The missile was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared to previous versions of "Hwasong" rockets, KCNA said.

South Korean media reported Monday that it was a "Scud" missile, which flew about 450 km and Japan said it believed the missile had fallen into its exclusive economic zone, extending 200 nautical miles from the coast.

The launch was aimed at testing a weapon "capable of making an ultra-precision strike on the enemies' objects at any area," said the report.

China, the US, South Korea, Japan and Russia have all condemned DPRK's latest missile launch. The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday urged all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint, in a bid to ease the tense situation as soon as possible and put the issue back onto the correct track of peaceful dialogue.

US President Donald Trump Monday said on Twitter the DPRK's missile launch showed no respect for neighboring China.

"North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile," the President tweeted. He added: "But China is trying hard!"

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