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IT'S ON - North Korea, South Korea And The US Conduct Missile Tests In Less Than 24 Hours

Warning for 'provocative' Kim Jong-un

IT'S ON - North Korea, South Korea And The US Conduct Missile Tests In Less Than 24 Hours

Pic: US Army/Reuters

The US and South Korea are fighting fire with fire, conducting a joint ballistic missile drill less than 24 hours after North Korea successfully launched their first intercontinental ballistic missile, reportedly capable of travelling as far as Darwin.

They're sending a strong warning to Kim Jong-un to stop making "provocative" moves, the countries released a statement saying they are "committed to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the Asia-Pacific."

North Korea's possession of a working ICBM is something that US President Donald Trump had previously vowed "won't happen".

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Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said what is of big concern now is that North Korea will master the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on such a weapon.

"It's the scale and the pace of North Korea's testing that makes it a threat not just to South Korea and nations in the region but to the United States and directly to Australia," she said on Sky News.

"This is a serious escalation of North Korea's ability to threaten nations even further afield than its immediate region."

Since Jong-un came into power the North have rapidly advanced in missile technology, conducting multiple rocket launches. There are still doubts though whether they can miniaturise a nuclear weapon to fit a missile nose cone and master its survival as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere.

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