North Korea and the United States have been embroiled in a war of words in recent weeks.
"The result is the reality you see today - North Korea continuing to advance its nuclear and missile program". The latest series of tests conducted by North Korea have raised fears that North Korea plans to attack South Korea, Japan, and USA military installations in the Pacific.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday invited North Korea to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports could serve as a peace maker. "An engagement policy is also only possible only when we have military strength that overwhelms North Korea's", said Moon.
Despite worldwide condemnation, North Korea has increased its missile tests, with the aim of developing an intercontinental nuclear-armed rocket.
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Undoubtedly, North Korea's latest straightforward expression did give China some foundation to argue against US pressure, but it also implies China's awkward position now. Since the end of the Korean War, no president has even casually, much less flippantly, called the US role on the peninsula into question. "There are more people and more cars but nobody knows what that means", said the official. We have repeatedly said that China has been making unremitting efforts to solve the issue and has played an active and constructive role.
The US has also ramped up its military presence in the region, conducting drills with Japan as well as South Korea, and is installing a controversial missile defense system in South Korea, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system.
North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun announced the march in an article published on Friday morning. While that has been a non-starter for the USA, experts say this could be an opening gambit from Pyongyang. ICBMs have a minimum range of about 3,400 miles (5,500 km), but some are created to travel 6,200 miles (10,000 km) or farther.
South Korean intelligence services told lawmakers recently that the moves of US and South Korean forces make Kim "extremely nervous", according to the Korea Herald.
Park didn't say how far the Hyunmoo-2 missile flew or where it landed, but said it accurately hit its target space. The previous intercept test, conducted in February, had been successful.