US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with NKorea on mind

The most recent test, in June 2014, was successful. Cooperation with Russian Federation and China is needed to resolve the crisis around North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference at the end of two-day G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported that the Pukguksong-2 will now be produced and deployed throughout the country.

The reclusive state rejects United Nations and unilateral sanctions by other states against its weapons program as an infringement of its right to self defense and says the program is necessary to counter USA aggression. But many analysts say Moon won't likely push for any major rapprochement projects because North Korea has gone too far on its nuclear program.

The North has not yet tested an ICBM, but Kim Jong Un claimed January that his country was in the final stages of preparation for an ICBM test.

He has yet to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, but Pentagon officials believe he is speeding in that direction.

"President Trump and Prime Minister Abe agreed their teams would cooperate to enhance sanctions on North Korea, including by identifying and sanctioning entities that support North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs", the White House said in a statement to Reuters.

North Korea is still thought to be several years away from its goal of being able to target USA mainland cities with a nuclear ICBM, but each new test puts it closer to success.

Appearing at a Senate hearing, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Vincent Stewart declined to offer a time estimate but Western experts believe the North still needed several years to develop such a weapon.

Recommended News

  • Google Opinion Rewards reaches India, Turkey, and Singapore

    One of the ways through which Google improves its services is by gathering feedback from millions of its users. However, there is no information on the highest amount you can win from Google via the surveys .

    Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake

    Comey, fired earlier this month by President Donald Trump, had not cleared his comments beforehand with the Justice Department. Chaffetz told Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe his committee may "at any time" investigate "any matter", citing House rules.

    Mourinho relishes United's 'victory of pragmatism'

    After the victory that got Manchester qualification for next season's Champions League , Mourinho said that he respects and studies his opponents.
  • Major on Poulter's mind ahead of BMW PGA

    Other than that he has had two top 20s and a top 5, and is in a good position to defend what was his third European Tour title. Marcus Fraser played well in Italy last week and does have a 4th place finish in this event in 2011 to look back on.
    United Kingdom  police hunt Manchester bomber's network, angered by U.S.  leaks

    United Kingdom police hunt Manchester bomber's network, angered by U.S. leaks

    The National Counter Terrorism Policing body said the breach of trust caused great "damage" and "undermines our investigations". Abedi says Salman visited Libya a month and a half ago and only returned to Manchester after winning a cheap ticket to Umrah.

    Trump arrives for talks with Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

    Throughout his stops in the Middle East , the President has made expanding counter-terrorism efforts a key theme. Trump said he was looking forward to cooperate with the Palestinian president and provide economic support.
  • Australian trafficker Corby to return home amid media storm

    Australian trafficker Corby to return home amid media storm

    Lawyers for Corby claimed in 2005 that she'd been unknowingly used as a courier by organised interstate drug smugglers. She was also reportedly visited by her hired bodyguard, who has worked for stars such as Roger Federer and Lady Gaga.

    GOP Lawmakers React as Candidate 'Bodyslamming' Incident Threatens Election

    One voter interviewed sympathized with Gianforte , saying a reporter getting in his face was disrespectful. He ignored calls by national Republicans to apologize to the reporter before his victory speech .

    Trump sides with French victor , at least now

    Nearly like an arm wrestling match, theirs lasted 5.2 seconds with Trump, surprisingly wanting to pull out first. His handshake style came under media scrutiny after a meetings with the Japanese and Canadian leaders.
  • Trump slams leaks as fake news following Kushner reports

    Speaking on ABC's "This Week", Schiff called for a review of Kushner's security clearance. Mr McMaster noted that the so-called "backchannelling" was normal.
    Egypt massacre: Gunmen kill 23 Coptic Christians, hurt 25 others

    Egypt massacre: Gunmen kill 23 Coptic Christians, hurt 25 others

    On January 1, 2011, more than 20 people died in the unclaimed bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt's second city, Alexandria. The jihadists threatened more attacks against the Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 90-million population.
    Koscielny to miss FA Cup final after failed appeal

    Koscielny to miss FA Cup final after failed appeal

    Wenger insists winning the FA Cup would be a triumph for Arsenal's late-season resurgence and not a boost for him personally. But injuries may prevent Wenger from using his new system.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.