Seoul: Naval blockade against North Korea not discussed

Seoul: Naval blockade against North Korea not discussed

The newspaper also made public more than a dozen other photos of the new ICBM launch early Wednesday morning, including those of leader Kim Jong-un giving a "field guidance" at the launch site north of Pyongyang.

South Korean defence minister Song Young-moo expected North Korea to pause its missile testing after the successful launch.

After a 75-day pause, North Korea test-fired a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday, which flew 13,000 km, and Pyongyang proclaimed it was capable of putting the whole of the U.S. mainland within its range.

"For now if there are no sudden changes in situation or external factors, we feel there is a high chance North Korea will refrain from engaging in provocations for a while", said Lee Yoo-jin, deputy spokeswoman at the Unification Ministry.

"The missile launched yesterday certainly was the most advanced one so far in all aspects, but the reentry technology has not yet been proven, and it is also uncertain whether the North has secured the technology to miniaturize nuclear warheads", he told the USA president, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun.

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Yeo said the Hwasong-15 is two metres (six feet) longer than the Hwasong-14, while the second-stage engine requires further analysis.

He said South Korea and the USA along with the worldwide community have already been applying the most decisive pressure and sanctions on the North.

Trump also promised to send a high-level delegation to the Winter Olympics to be hosted by South Korea's PyeongChang in February. The latest provocation from the North prompted more insults from Trump, who referred to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" and a "sick puppy". This week's missile launch was the first in 75 days.

Moon told Trump evidence is lacking North Korea has achieved atmospheric re-entry or warhead miniaturization, a spokesman said. "The puppet warmongers have pressed for the organization of the "decapitation unit" by taking advantage of the US imperialists' execution of their policy for aggression on the DPRK", read an article published on the state-controlled North Korean news agency KCNA, referring to the country by its official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Addressing an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting after this week's missile launch, the United States warned North Korea's leadership it would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out.

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