World War 3 Situation Report
China Failed to Stop World War 3 Scenario
U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that China’s special envoy to North Korea appears to have had “no impact” on reining in North Korea after the country fired a new long-range missile a day earlier.
“The Chinese envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
North Korea fired a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it claims is capable of carrying a “super-large heavy warhead” and putting the whole mainland of the U.S. within its range.
“Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such horrible conditions,” Trump said. “Russia and China condemned the launch.”
The missile test came about two weeks after Song Tao, the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, visited North Korea amid frayed ties over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
Song came back home without being able to meet with the North’s leader amid reports that he rejected North Korea’s request to ease sanctions on Pyongyang.
Following the missile test, Trump vowed to impose “additional major sanctions” on Pyongyang.
Trump Wants Oil Cut
U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping cut off the country’s oil supply to North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said.
“President Trump called Chinese President Xi this morning and told him we have come to the point that China must cut off its oil from North Korea,” Amb. Nikki Haley said during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC). “That will be a pivotal step in the world efforts to stop this international pariah.”
After China briefly severed its oil supply in 2003, North Korea came to the negotiating table, she said.
“Many countries made some big economic and political sacrifices by cutting its ties with North Korea. They did that to serve the peace and security (of the world). … We now turn to President Xi to also take that stance,” she said.
“Through sanctions, we have cut off 90 percent of North Korean trade and 30 percent of its oil, but the crude oil remains. The major supplier of that oil is China.”
The ambassador continued, “China could do this on its own, or we can take all situation into our own hands,” alluding to further U.S. action against North Korea in the absence of a Chinese response.
The U.N. envoy also called “on all nations to cut off all ties with North Korea” in the UNSC emergency meeting that opened hours after North Korea’s launch of a new missile on Wednesday (Korean time), which it said could reach anywhere in the U.S.
“In addition to implementing all U.N. sanctions, all countries should sever diplomatic relations with North Korea,” she said and urged the Security Council to revoke the North’s voting rights at the U.N.
The U.S. does not seek war with North Korea, the ambassador stated, but she warned that “The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings us closer to war, not father from it.”
“If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” she said.
Referring to North Korea’s declaration of its completion of “state nuclear force,” the ambassador noted that “the North Korean regime misses something very important.”
“Being a nuclear power comes with certain standards. It comes with being responsible enough to know that you don’t threaten other countries with nuclear weapons. You don’t starve your own people in order to fund nuclear weapons. You don’t bully or play games with nuclear weapons,” Haley said. “(But) the regime has shown time and again that it doesn’t wanna talk.”
In the UNSC meeting, meanwhile, the Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear and missile tests and urged the U.S. and South Korea to suspend their joint military exercises in December in return.
The Russian ambassador said the actions would inflame an already explosive situation, calling for restraint among concerned countries.
The Security Council is highly likely to adopt a press or presidential statement in condemnation of the latest North Korean missile test as it has done in past cases.
World War 3: Sophisticated ICBM Shocks the World
South Korea’s military said Thursday the North Korean ballistic missile launched earlier this week was apparently a newly developed one, rather than a variant of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The assessment came as the North released photos of what it introduced as a new, more powerful ICBM earlier in the day, which features a different warhead shape from the previous version.
“(We) are assessing that the Hwasong-15 is a new type,” Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a press briefing. He cited the results of an initial analysis.
He pointed out, “There are clear differences in the appearance of the Hwasong-15’s warhead, the connection part between the first and second stage (of the missile), and the overall size.”
In fact, the front part of the Hwasong-15 is round and relatively blunt, while that of the Hwasong-14 is sharp, according to a photograph published by the Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and monitored online here.
It was shown on a transporter erector launcher (TEL) with nine wheels on each side, indicating the new one is longer than the Hwasong-14, which is carried by a 16-wheel TEL.
The newspaper also made public dozens of other photos of the new ICBM launch early Wednesday morning, including those of leader Kim Jong-un giving a “field guidance” at the launch site north of Pyongyang.
He pumped his fist, monitoring flight data on a screen and celebrating the successful launch with his aides. The missile reportedly flew 950 kilometers at an apogee of 4,475 km to splash into the East Sea.
The North announced that it has completed its “nuclear force” and claimed the ICBM is capable of hitting all areas of the United States and delivering a “super-sized heavy” nuclear warhead.
The newspaper used four front pages to hype up the communist nation’s first ballistic missile firing in 2 1/2 months.
The official Korean Central News Agency also made public the same photos.
Experts said the round warhead tip may reflect the North’s pursuit of a multiple reentry vehicle.
“North Korea seems to have designed the protection cover of the reentry vehicle in consideration of a possible multiple warhead system,” said Chang Young-keun, a missile expert at Korea Aerospace University in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.
He added it appears to have replaced the engine system for the second-stage rocket.
“There’s a possibility that it has a bigger fuel tank and more vernier thrusters,” Chang said. “But it remains unconfirmed whether it’s a solid-fuel engine.”
Shin Jong Woo, a senior analyst at the Korea Defense Security Forum (KODEF) based in Seoul, said the North seems to have used a cluster engine for the first stage of the Hwasong-15 as well.
“The Hwasong-14 type was equipped with one Paektusan rocket engine but the Hwasong-15 appears to have two,” he said.
Pyongyang fired two Hwasong-14 ICBMs in July.
It remains uncertain whether the isolated communist nation has developed a brand-new ICBM in just a few months.