World War 3: North Korea Fires Missile, World Reacts
China had asked North Korea not to continue missile tests and the USA said that any more nuclear tests could result in a pre-emptive strike, but North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile in breach of the international warnings, even worse for North Korea that missile appears to have exploded within minutes after launch and never actually left North Korean airspace, according to the US Pacific Command and South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, according to Yonhap.
The reported launch comes amid rising tensions in the region and a US military buildup in response to the North Korean ‘nuclear threat.’
It also comes just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council that the military option remains on the table for the US to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
“All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table,” Tillerson told the 15-member international body. “Diplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary.”
Tillerson’s remarks come just a day after US President Donald Trump told Reuters that there is a “chance” of a major conflict in the region if diplomacy fails.
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically, but it’s very difficult.”
North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2017
USA Tracked the Missile
“It is estimated to have failed,” the JCS said.
The US Pacific Command detected and tracked the missile launch from an area near the Pukchang airfield, but determined that the missile never posed any threat to the United States, as according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) it never left North Korean airspace.
The projectile, presumed to be a KN-17 medium range ballistic missile, appeared to have broken up and exploded “within minutes” of the launch, US officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Missile debris allegedly landed in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, according to a US official who spoke with CNN. An unnamed US official confirmed to NBC News that there was no indication that the test was nuclear.
The Pacific Command stressed that Washington “stands behind our steadfast commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
The US administration is “aware of the most recent North Korean missile test,” and President Trump was briefed on the launch, the White House said in a short statement.
Stressing the need to avoid “chaos” on the Korean peninsula, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for cool-headed negotiations over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.
“Right now, the situation on the Korean peninsula is under grave tension and at a critical point,” Wang said, ahead of a UN Security Council meeting Friday.
“[The peaceful settlement] of the nuclear issue [on] the Korean peninsula through a dialogue and negotiations represent the only right choice that is practical and viable,” the minister added.
A military solution to the North Korean issue is totally unacceptable and could lead to a terrible catastrophe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said at a meeting of the UN Security Council.
While accusing North Korea of ignoring the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions which ban nuclear weapons development, Gatilov said that “at the same time, the use of military force is absolutely unacceptable as it is fraught with disastrous consequences for the Korean Peninsula and the entire Northeast Asia.”