Giovedi, 23 Novembre, 2017

North Korea tests short-range missiles as South Korea, US conduct drills

Kim touring the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Sciences In North Korean Photos, a Worrying Sign of Progress
Parmenio Sano | 28 Agosto, 2017, 15:57

This appears to signal that the U.S. will leave open the door to dialogue while it continues to stop money and strategic material with military applications from entering North Korea.

The US Pacific Command revised its initial assessment that the first and third short-range missiles failed during flight to say they flew about 250km.

Some of those flew more than 250 kilometers in the northeastern direction, it added. "The second missile launch... appears to have blown up nearly immediately", said the spokesman, Commander Dave Benham, adding that the launches happened over a span of 30 minutes. David Benham said in a statement. China is North Korea's biggest economic partner and source of diplomatic support and has come under heavy pressure to use its influence to rein in the North's missile and nuclear activities. On August 22, a Chinese embassy spokesman replied: "We strongly urge the U.S.to immediately correct its mistake, so as not to impact bilateral cooperation on relevant issues". In Tokyo, the chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the missiles did not fall in Japanese waters or pose a threat to his nation's safety.

Meanwhile, an editorial in the North Korean Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the joint military exercise is "the most explicit expression of hostility against us, and no one can guarantee that the exercise won't evolve into actual fighting".

South Korea and the United States are conducting an annual military exercise this week involving computer simulations of a war.

According to Kimball, the introduction of nuclear weapons into South Korea, either by the USA or by South Korea pursuing its own indigenous nuclear program, would have far more negative consequences than some people might otherwise think.

The apparent pause in North Korea's belligerent behavior raised hopes in Seoul and Washington that Kim's government might be de-escalating.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a Korean People's Army's target-striking contest held to mark the 57th anniversary of Songun, state media reported on Saturday. "The situation could escalate at any moment".

Three Chinese coal companies were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for doing business with North Korea in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving US troops that have angered Pyongyang.

He said the launches sent a signal that Pyongyang is still not prepared to back away from its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models.

Opposition MPs on the Commons defence committee asked for the hearing amid recent tensions between the United States and North Korea.

It has fired more than 20 missiles since February, further perfecting its technology with each launch.

US President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" if it attacked the US or its allies.

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