North Korea launches another missile amid rising US concerns

09:58 AM | 5 Apr, 2017
North Korea launches another missile amid rising US concerns

WASHINGTON - North Korea fired another intermediate range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, on Wednesday morning, US Department of State claimed.

The South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also said in a statement that the launch was from Sinpo, a port city on the North's east coast.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave a terse response in the statement, "North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment".

The latest missile test by North Koreacomes just a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits US President Donald Trump for a summit in Florida.

The United States has been forcing China to ask North Korea to stop its nuclear program and missile testing, but on Sunday Trump announced that US would take action against N Korea alone if China did not come forward.

During his visit to South Korea on March 17, Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said that the country's "strategic patience" with N. Korea was over, adding that option was on the table if threats from the rogue regime escalated.

The US has 28,000 troops deployed in South Korea to keep it safe from the North, but the capital Seoul is within range of Pyongyang's artillery.