North Korea says missile test confirms warhead guidance

By Reuters
May 23,2017
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FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 on the spot, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang February 13, 2017. KCNA/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday North Korea appeared to have secured "meaningful data" from its latest missile test on Sunday, when it launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

"South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities believe North Korea has secured meaningful data in enhancing the credibility of its missile technology," said Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Roh said further verification was needed to determine whether the North had mastered the re-entry technology for missile warheads that it has claimed.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim; Editing by Paul Tait)