Why neither North Korea nor United States want all-out war

Friday’s missile test is the fourth of six evaluations that will take place “before official weaponization” of the Hyunmoo-2, according to The Korea Herald.South Korea’s military plans to deploy the Hyunmoo-2, which is created to hit targets as far as 800 kilometers (497 miles), after conducting two more test firings.China is seen as North Korea’s main ally and the U.S. hopes Beijing can have greater influence on the state to stop both its missile tests and nuclear program.However, officials from South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae note the most important and urgent issue, if not an outcome, of the summit may be for the two leaders of the allied countries to “hit it off”.A Hyunmoo-2C missile developed by the Agency for Defense Development is launched on a mobile launcher at a test-firing site in Taean County, South Chungcheong on Friday.Tensions on the Korean Peninsula intensified in early 2016 when North Korea conducted a nuclear test and after that launched a ballistic missile carrying a satellite. “I think that the weapon systems that the Agency for Defense Development is working on are means not of destruction and slaughter but rather of dialogue and peace”, Moon was also quoted as saying by Park.A second U.S. official also confirmed the test but did not provide additional details on the type of rocket component that was being tested or whether it fit into the ICBM program.The missile is considered a key part of a so-called “kill chain” pre-emptive strike capability South Korea is pursuing to cope with the North’s growing nuclear and missile threat.Defence officials believe the missile may go up to 497 miles (800 kilometres) – the maximum ballistic missile range allowed under a deal with the United States – before it hit a designated test target. Pyongyang conducted similar tests in March.South Korean officials did not have details about the reported test and declined to comment on the possible nature of the engine.The United States, meanwhile, is ramping up capabilities to defend against the threat from North Korea, staging its first-ever successful test to intercept an incoming ICBM-type missile in May.