A source in Pyongyang told Asia Press that "North Korea seems to be very aware of the US attack on Syria" and that there were "preparations against cruise missiles". The test triggered a new US -backed push for a fresh round of United Nations sanctions against the North.
It comes as it was reported that American troops in South Korea have carried out military drills to rehearse destroying North Korea's weapons of mass destruction. A U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States remains open to talks with North Korea but the country would have to "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region". North Korea has in the past year stepped up its ballistic missile tests, firing dozens of various types of rockets, according to South Korea.
Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions.
Kim singled out as "more serious" the push by the USA for a new sanctions resolution and the Trump administration's demand for all countries "to decide whether they support for DPRK or U.S". Find us on Facebook too! He said the missile went very high and came down, but he would not characterize it as demonstrating the controlled re-entry of a missile. The North also probably has a way to go before it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount on such a missile.
United Nations sanctions monitors said they are investigating the case for any violations. "You have to pick a side".
Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said North Korea is "closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world" and called for further coordination between the U.S., Japan and South Korea to deal with the threat.
Trump has called for an immediate halt to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and US Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said on Tuesday that China's leverage was key and Beijing could do more.
But now the regime's paranoia has reached fever pitch - amid claims from Pyongyang accusing South Korea and the United States of plotting to kill the tubby tyrant in an orchestrated terror attack.
"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists (on) its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", Kim said.