World War 3: North Korea Taunts Trump
As South Korea’s new President has begun encouraging North Korea’s bad behavior, Pyongyang have wasted no time in Taunting Trump and the world with there missile tests.
Pyongyang again launched a number of missiles which flew about 200 km (124 miles), before descending into the Sea of Japan.
The launch was confirmed Friday by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which boasted about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervising the test.
“The launched cruise rockets accurately detected and hit the floating targets on the East Sea of Korea after making circular flights,” KCNA said.
The aim of the missile test, the statement said, was to confirm the functionality of the rocket and the caterpillar pad vehicle carrying it, as well as the weapon system combat application.
“This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting a military attack on the DPRK,” the KCNA statement reads.
South Korea said its neighbor is trying to showcase its capabilities in an effort to deter any future joint US-South Korean naval drills.
“We believe North Korea has demonstrated its anti-denial deterrence capabilities in response to the joint military exercise in the East Sea [Sea of Japan],” where USS Carl Vinson and Ronald Reagan participated in a joint exercise last month, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-cheon said in a briefing.
But still South Korea remain an obstacle to THAAD deployment.
America on Alert
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) also warned that Pyongyang’s missile tests in the last six months have become a 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. Syring however assured US lawmakers that America has the ability to defend itself against the North Korean threat.
After the reported missile test, China reiterated its call on all parties involved in the situation to exercise restraint and make an effort to stabilize the situation in the region.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the missiles didn’t reach Japanese territorial waters or pose an immediate threat to national security. Nevertheless, he called the test a provocation and said Tokyo would not tolerate such actions.
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.”