Little progress reining in North Korea

South Korea has reportedly achieved a goal it set four years ago and successfully developed a ballistic missile with a range of 800 kilometers, which is sufficient to hit any target in North Korean territory from anywhere in the South.

Analysts have said Wednesday's launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea's east coast probably took place with the Trump-Xi summit in mind as the reclusive state presses ahead in defiance of United Nations resolutions and sanctions.

The South Korean military said the missile was sacked from land near the east coast city of Sinpo and flew only about 60 kilometers (40 miles). "The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America".

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Hill says that China's hesitation to work with the a belief in China that North Korea's demise would give the USA a "strategic advantage".

North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility.

USA officials said the missile launched on Wednesday appeared to be a liquid-fuelled, extended-range Scud missile that only travelled a fraction of its range before spinning out of control. It has carried out several nuclear tests.

Thursday's measures build on a series of sanctions implemented by the European Union in February this year.North Korea has been accused of violating the UN Security Council resolutions and of creating a "grave threat to global peace and security in the region and beyond".

North Korea's state media have said the world will soon witness what they called "eventful successes" in the country's space development. "China wants to make efforts with all sides involved, to make denuclearization a reality, and ensure peace in the region". "We have no further comment", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

North Korea this week fired a projectile which flew about 60 kilometers (37 miles) into the East Sea, South Korea's military leadership said.

The North's latest missile launch also came as it is responding annual military drills between the United States and South Korea with weapons tests and harsh rhetoric. The KN-15 missile tested in February flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles).

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