Seoul, April 5: Before the meeting between U.S. and Chinese leaders who are set to discuss Pyongyang's arms programme, North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its east coast into the sea off the Peninsula today said South Korea's military. Sinpo a port city on the North's east coast had launched the missile which flew about 60 km (40 miles) said South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in his short statement.The missile was fired just before the meeting summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping this week to add pressure on the North to drop its arms development will take centre stage. Any launch of objects using the ballistic missile technology is a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions but the North has defied the ban as an infringement of its sovereign rights to self-defence and pursuit of space exploration. On the launching of the missile, Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of US Department commented saying that “The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment”.
Earlier North Korea attempted to launch a ballistic missile from east coast before two weeks and fired four missiles towards Japan in March from which few came closer to Japan’s coast around 300 km (190 miles). Since January 2016 the reclusive state has also conducted two nuclear weapons tests. It is believed that North develops an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can hit the United States and its leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to test-launch one at any time. Pyongyang is still some time away from mastering all the technology needed for an operational ICBM system, such as re-entry of the atmosphere and subsequent missile guidance believes Experts and officials in the South and the United States.
Topping the agenda of the U.S.-China summit in Florida will be whether Trump will make good on his threat to use crucial trade ties with China to pressure Beijing to do more to rein in the nuclear-armed North. “Trump's meeting with Xi was a test for the U.S.-Chinese relationship and that Trump wants economic ties that are fair, balanced and based on reciprocity”, said senior U.S. White House official.