Con­cern over bal­lis­tic mis­sile test

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

North Korea took a sig­nif­i­cant step yes­ter­day in the de­vel­op­ment of a pow­er­ful bal­lis­tic mis­sile, launch­ing one of the weapons about 1,000km high af­ter five failed at­tempts in re­cent months. The North’s sus­pected Musu­dan tests worry Wash­ing­ton and its al­lies, Tokyo and Seoul, be­cause the mis­sile’s po­ten­tial 3,500km range puts much of Asia and the Pa­cific, in­clud­ing US mil­i­tary bases there, within reach. Ja­panese De­fence Min­is­ter Gen Nakatani said the most re­cent launch demon­strated a “cer­tain level of ca­pa­bil­ity” and could lead to a fur­ther strength­en­ing of North Korea’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties that can cover Ja­panese ter­ri­tory.

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