Korea leader warns North after latest missile launch

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 10, 2017

"THAAD is something that's important to not only protect US forces, to protect our alliance, and.help to further strengthen the region", Nauert said, declining to comment on reports of the delay in the deployment of four additional THAAD launchers.

North Korea launched a volley of surface-to-ship cruise missiles off its east coast on Thursday, its fifth such test in less than a month, Seoul's defence ministry said.

The future of the program has been uncertain since South Korea announced the suspension.

But Gordon Chang, author of "The Coming Collapse of China", wrote in The Cipher Brief that 90% of North Korea's trade is done with China, including 90% of its oil and sometimes 100% of its aviation fuel. "At the observation post, Kim Jong Un learned about the tactical and engineering data of the rocket and ordered the start of its test-fire", said KCNA, the North Korean state news agency. "China can disarm North Korea in the blink of an eye", he wrote. We are committed to our South Korean ally. North Korea fired several suspected short-range anti-ship missiles Thur.

The launches Thursday were North Korea's fourth missile test since Moon's inauguration on May 10.

While China is not explicitly named, EIA analysts believe it makes sense to assume Beijing is to blame as the Asian giant accounted for than 99% of reported coal exports from North Korea previous year.

The new cruise rocket is "a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting at military attack on the DPRK from the ground at will", KCNA said.

North Korea's claim of victory has not be independently verified.

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South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the launch came from the North Korean eastern coastal town of Wonsan, and that the projectiles likely flew about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) with an apogee of about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).

The North's projectiles were fired into waters between South Korea and Japan where US aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week. Analysts say the latest test appeared to be aimed at keeping up pressures on Moon to wrest concessions.

Moon has sought to expand cross-border civilian exchanges as a way to improve ties, but North Korea on Monday rejected a Seoul civic group's offer to provide anti-malaria supplies to protest South Korea's support of fresh United Nations sanctions adopted last week. "The South Korean government declares that it will neither compromise nor retreat a single step when it comes to national security and public safety", President Moon Jae-in warned on June 8.

President Moon asking senior officials to "come up with some good ideas for dismantling North Korea's nuclear program"The only thing that North Korea has to gain from its provocations is global isolation and economic hardship, and it will lose its opportunity to develop".

North Korea has in recent years touted its drone program, a relatively new addition to its arsenal.

This was stated by USA state Department spokesman Heather Nauert.

So far, the Pentagon has said the USA trusts South Korea's official stance that the THAAD deployment was an alliance decision and will not be reversed.

Pyongyang is expected to demand the return of all four fishermen by accusing Seoul of enticing them to defect to the South.

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