South Korea: North Korea fires ballistic missile off east coast

South Korea's defence ministry said the missile -launched days after Pyongyang warned of retaliation if the global community ramps up sanctions - had flown 60 kilometres (about 40 miles).

The US military on Wednesday confirmed that nuclear-armed North Korea had fired a ballistic missile, finding it posed no threat to North America and vowing to work closely with its regional allies.

North Korea published photos after the test that demonstrated "a very challenging technology for us" to detect before launch, he said.

"It spun out of control after going only a fraction of its range", the official said. The two are likely to discuss how to reign in Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

North Korea has carried out its latest missile launch ahead of a US-China meeting where Kim Jong-Un's aggression is expected to be high on the agenda. "As it is getting closer (to the Trump-Xi summit), Washington might have felt it wouldn't be necessary or strategically sensible to give any signals about what it would do in response to North Korea's provocations".

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the U.S. government will not release any more comment on North Korea's launch of another intermediate range ballistic missile.

"The launch took place possibly in consideration of the U.S".

The South Korean military said the missile was sacked from land near the east coast city of Sinpo and flew about 60 kilometres (40 miles). Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, questioned why North Korea would do a shorter launch of the KN-15. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea.

The hardened US stance followed recent North Korean missile launches that Pyongyang described as practice for an attack on USA bases in Japan.

Pyongyang tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile in February, which it later said was an upgraded, extended-range version of its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

Unlike a liquid-fuel missile that takes time to erect and fuel, activities which "we can watch", mobile solid-fuel weapons are more hard to track, he said.

Since then, games nominally hosted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, have had to be played on neutral ground due to authorities' reluctance to see the South's "taegukgi" flag fluttering in their capital.

Trump has said China must do more to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

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. Earlier in March, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone. A spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff declined to comment on the report at a regular briefing in Seoul.

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