South Korea: N. Korea ballistic missile program evolving faster than expected

South Korea: N. Korea ballistic missile program evolving faster than expected
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South Korea’s defense minister on Tuesday said North Korea’s ballistic missile program is evolving quicker than previously realized.

Han Min-koo said “yes” when directly asked if the program was expanding more rapidly than the country previously believed, according to Reuters.

"It is considered an IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile) of enhanced caliber compared to Musudan missiles that have continually failed," he reportedly said, referring to a specific class of missile. 

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Han told his country’s parliament that North Korea’s Sunday missile launch was “successful in flight.”

The Sunday launch followed two failed ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang last month.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have mounted in recent months, as Pyongyang continues to conduct ballistic missile tests.

President Trump has vowed to “solve” the North Korean nuclear problem, while his administration has sought to pressure China into taking a more active role in combatting North Korean aggression.