World War 3: North Korea Takes Advantage of South Korea’s THAAD Ban
North Korea has taken full advantage of the South’s soft new President, firing a series of Missiles.
North Korea has launched several unidentified ground-based projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced.
“North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province,” the JCS statement said, according to the Yonhap news agency.
South Korea’s military added that the missiles flew about 200 kilometers (124 miles).
The JCS is “maintaining full preparedness” and has “beefed up surveillance and vigilance against the possibility of additional provocations.” President Moon Jae-in was immediately notified of the launch, the statement added.
On Wednesday, the head of the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) told Congress that Pyongyang’s ballistic missile tests in the last six months have become cause for concern to the US and its allies in the region.
“It is incumbent on us to assume that North Korea today can range the United States with an ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead,” Vice-Admiral James Syring, director of the MDA, told the House Armed Services Committee.
“The advancements in the last six months” in North Korean ballistic missile technology “have caused great concern to me and others,” the admiral told the committee at a hearing on missile defense posture and priorities in light of the proposed 2018 budget.
President Moon Jae-in is weak when it comes to North Korea and his weakness may put many people in danger.
President Moon Jae-in is now attempting to derail the THAAD deployment, a measure to discourage and protect from a North Korean attack.
Moon is looking for underhanded ways to scuttle the THAAD deal, so is ordering a probe of the installation.
The probe may take up to a year and delay the ongoing deployment of the system.
The last time North Korea conducted a missile launch was on May 29, when it fired at least one short-range ballistic missile. The projectile, believed to be a Scud-class missile, flew around 450 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, some 300 km off the Japanese islands.
Shortly afterwards, on May 30, the US conducted its first ever test of a Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor with a capacity to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), that Washington said was planned “years in advance.”
In defiance of UN resolutions, North Korea has conducted dozens of missile tests and tested two nuclear bombs since the beginning of 2016. In response, the US has increased its military power in the region and introduced additional sanctions against Pyongyang. Washington has also been pressuring China to play a more constructive role in curbing Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs.
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