rth Korea's fourth missile tested the year piling on pressure ahead of the much hyped meeting of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping this week. Pyongyang firing a ballistic rocket into the sea off the country's East coast on Wednesday morning, a day before the summit where Kim Jong-un's nuclear program will be front and center.
Reuters' Jack Kim says the timing is hard to ignore.>> One explanation is that North Korea is showing defiance in the face of international pressure. That they are willing to go about conducting missile development, regardless of that pressure and at their own pace.>> The launch was tracked to the site of a known North Korean submarine base.
So why test rockets built for a sub on land?>> It could be that the testing that required at this particular stage was too complicated or it might have been that they wanted to put on a show of doing the test at this time but did not want to take the risk of conducting a test from a submarine or even a barge.
>> The missile flew 40 miles from the launch site in the direction of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Wednesday to work closely with the US and South Korea to protect innocent people, which is more than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had the same response to the launch.
His official statement, the US has spoken enough for about the North Korea, we have no further comment.