North Korea fires missile in latest provocation
Seoul: North Korea unleashed a missile on Monday in Japan’s maritime economic zone – the latest in a series of provocative releases that have given rise to tensions in its nuclear weapons ambitions.
This was the third test of the northern ballistic missile in two weeks and the 12 years, carried out by challenging the threats of sanctions and threats of the United States of a possible military action of the UN.
US military observers said the short-range missile flew for six minutes, while Japan said it fell within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) – waters extending up to 200 nautical miles its coast.
The launch of a new challenge is the speech of the United States President Donald Trump, who promised last week at the G7 summit to solve the “big problem” of North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe quickly condemned the trial and promised concerted action with his US ally.
“We will never tolerate the continuing provocations of North Korea that ignore the repeated warnings of the international community,” Abe told reporters.
“As agreed at the G7 summit, the problem of North Korea is the top priority of the international community. In order to dissuade North Korea, we will take concrete action with the United States.”
The North has stepped up its efforts to achieve its ultimate goal: to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.
The isolated North, but missile nuclear tested almost every week for the past three weeks.
The latter, a short-range Scud, flew about 450 kilometers (280 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan between the Korean peninsula and Japan, said the Pacific Command of the United States.
Monday’s test also marked the second time this year that a North Korean missile became provocative near its neighboring Japan.
Despite Trump’s shrill warnings, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in an interview broadcast Sunday before launching a war with North Korea it would be “catastrophic.”
“The North Korean regime has hundreds of pieces of artillery and rocket launchers in one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, the capital of South Korea,” he told CBS News.
“This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea. In case of war, they could also threaten China and Russia.
“But ultimately, it would be a catastrophic war if this becomes a battle if we are unable to resolve this situation through diplomatic means.”
Mattis declined to say what kind of Pyongyang action would be a “red line” for Washington, saying the administration needs a “political maneuver room.”
South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, ordered a meeting of the National Security Council to assess the launch, which came a day after North Korea said its leader, Kim Jong-Un, oversaw A test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system.
The South has condemned the test as a “serious threat” and a challenge for the new leader who pleads for dialogue with the North in a break from his conservative predecessor.
“What the North repeated such provocations after the inauguration of our new leadership … is a direct challenge to our request for peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” said the Foreign Ministry.