North Korea ‘must change course’ af­ter mis­sile test

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son has called on North Korea to “change course”, af­ter the se­cre­tive state launched what the US said was an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile.

The launch of what may be Py­ongyang’s long­est-range mis­sile so far brought an end to a 10-week pause in North Korea’s pro­gramme of weapons test­ing, in a move likely to es­ca­late ten­sions which are al­ready run­ning high.

Re­spond­ing to the launch, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said the United States will “take care of it”, telling re­porters: “It is a sit­u­a­tion that we will han­dle.”

Mr John­son said: “Another il­le­gal mis­sile launch from DPRK (Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea).

“This is not the path to se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity for the North Korean peo­ple. DPRK regime must change course.”

In Wash­ing­ton, a Pen­tagon spokesman said the mis­sile trav­elled about 620 miles be­fore land­ing in the sea less than 200 nau­ti­cal miles from the coast of Ja­pan.

Ja­pan said the flight took some 53 min­utes.

South Korea re­sponded with shorter-range mis­sile tests of its own.

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