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UN condemns North Korea'' s ' extremely provocative' ' missile test

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017|4:15 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS– The U.N. Security Council highly condemned North Korea’s “extremely intriguing” ballistic rocket test on Friday and demanded that Pyongyang immediately stop its “outrageous actions” and show its dedication to denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

The U.N.’s most effective body implicated North Korea of undermining regional peace and security by launching its latest rocket over Japan and stated its nuclear and rocket tests “have triggered grave security concerns around the globe” and threaten all 193 U.N. member states.

North Korea’s longest-ever test flight of a ballistic rocket early Friday from Sunan, the location of Pyongyang’s global airport, signaled both defiance of North Korea’s competitors and a big technological advance. After hurtling over Japan, it landed in the northern Pacific Ocean.

Because U.S. President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” in August, the North has actually conducted its most powerful nuclear test, threatened to send out missiles into the waters around the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and introduced 2 rockets of increasing range over Japan. July saw the country’s first tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles that might strike deep into the U.S. mainland when improved.

The intermediate-range missile test came 4 days after the Security Council enforced difficult brand-new sanctions on the North for its Sept. 3 missile test consisting of a ban on fabric exports and natural gas imports– and caps on its import of oil and petroleum items. The U.S. stated the most recent sanctions, combined with previous procedures, would ban over 90 percent of North Korea’s exports reported in 2016, its primary source of hard cash used to finance its nuclear and rocket programs.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry denounced the sanctions and said the North would “enhance its efforts to increase its strength to protect the country’s sovereignty and right to presence.”

The Security Council stressed in Friday’s press statement after a closed-door emergency situation conference that all nations must “totally, comprehensively and instantly” execute all U.N. sanctions.

Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho called the launch an “outrageous act” that is not just a threat to Japan’s security but a hazard to the world as a whole.”

Bessho and the British, French and Swedish ambassadors required that sanctions be implemented.

Calling the most recent launch a “horrible, outright, unlawful, intriguing negligent act,” Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said North Korea’s biggest trading partners and closest links– a clear reference to China– need to “demonstrate that they are doing everything in their power to carry out the sanctions of the Security Council and to motivate the North Korean routine to change course.”

France’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the nation is prepared to work on harder U.N. and EU determines to encourage Pyongyang that there is no interest in an escalation, and to bring it to the negotiating table. It stated North Korea will also be gone over throughout next week’s yearly gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly.

The Security Council likewise highlighted the value of North Korea working to lower tension in the Korean Peninsula– and it restated the value of maintaining peace and stability on the area divided in between authoritarian North Korea and democratic South Korea.

The council welcomed efforts by its members and other nations “to facilitate a serene and detailed solution” to the North Korean nuclear problem through dialogue.

The growing frequency, power and confidence displayed by Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests appear to confirm what federal governments and outside professionals have long feared: North Korea is more detailed than ever to its goal of developing a military toolbox that can viably target U.S. soldiers both in Asia and in the U.S. homeland.

This, in turn, is indicated to permit North Korea greater military flexibility in the region by raising doubts in Seoul and Tokyo that Washington would run the risk of the annihilation of a U.S. city to protect its Asian allies.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stated the most recent missile traveled about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) and reached an optimum height of 770 kilometers (478 miles). Guam, which is the house of essential U.S. military assets, is 3,400 kilometers (2,112 miles) far from North Korea.

Regardless of its remarkable range, the missile probably still is not accurate sufficient to damage Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base, stated David Wright, a U.S. missile specialist with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who at first promoted talks with North Korea, said its tests presently make discussion “impossible.”

“If North Korea provokes us or our allies, we have the strength to smash the effort at an early stage and cause a level of damage it would be impossible to recuperate from,” he stated.

North Korea has actually repeatedly promised to continue its weapons tests in the middle of what it calls U.S. hostility– by which it implies the existence of nearly 80,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan and South Korea.

Robust global diplomacy on the concern has actually been stalled for years, and there’s up until now little indication that senior officials from North Korea and the United States may take a seat to go over ways to slow the North’s figured out march towards inclusion among the world’s nuclear weapons powers.

South Korea spotted North Korean launch preparations Thursday, and President Moon ordered a live-fire ballistic rocket drill if the launch occurred. This permitted Seoul to fire rockets only six minutes after the North’s launch Friday. Among the two rockets hit a sea target about 250 kilometers (155 miles) away, which was around the distance to Pyongyang’s Sunan, however the other stopped working in flight quickly after launch.

Kim reported from Seoul. Associated Press writers Foster Klug in Seoul and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo added to this report.

China rappers to Seoul: '' Huge bro ' opposes missile guard


AP In this undated image made from video, members of CD REV chant about THAAD, the United States Army’s rocket defense system officially called Terminal High Elevation Area Defense. A rap group backed by China’s government is alerting South Korea in a video that “you’re going too far” with the deployment of a U.S. rocket defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the international conflict.

Thursday, May 18, 2017|4:13 p.m.

BEIJING– A rap group backed by China’s federal government is alerting South Korea in a music video that “you’re going too far” with the implementation of a U.S. rocket defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the worldwide conflict.

A member of the group CD REV said government authorities worked with them on the video and helped to promote it on foreign sites, much of which are blocked in China by main censors emboldened by the ruling Communist Party’s warnings against foreign “cultural seepage.”

In the song, group members chant that “about THAAD we state no, no, no,” a referral to the U.S. Army’s missile defense system formally called Terminal High Elevation Location Defense.

Later in the song, they refer to South Korea, saying, “this time, kid, you’re going too far” and “your big bro’s frustrated,” a nod to China’s view of itself as the pre-eminent political and economic power in northeast Asia.

Beijing vehemently opposes the rocket guard, saying its powerful radar will permit it to keep an eye on rocket launches, aircraft flights and other sensitive activities in northeastern China. South Korea and the United States say it is essential to guard against North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons activities that threaten South Korea, Japan, U.S. areas and perhaps even the continental United States.

CD REV’s Wang Zixin informed The Associated Press that the group wants to rally Chinese around the world versus the release of THAAD and show China’s “hard stance” on the issue.

“We would see government reports and comments, but at the very same time, we see the entire event from the position of Chinese,” Wang said.

In the video, the group also takes chance ats exactly what Wang referred to as “vulgar behavior” within China, such as vandalism against South Korean-made Hyundai automobiles.

The video– viewed by Wednesday more than 300,000 times on Facebook and Twitter and practically 2.7 million times on the Chinese video-posting website Maiopai– represents the current example of China’s use of non-diplomatic channels to transmit its annoyance with South Korea.

In 2015, there were reports that China had stopped giving approval to entertainers of Korean pop music, or “K-pop,” to play programs in China, on the heels of Seoul signing the arrangement to host THAAD. In March, South Korean officials voiced issues that Beijing was limiting tourism to their nation as an informal sanction.

South Korean merchant Lotte, which supplied the land for the THAAD release, has also been boycotted by Chinese consumers and seen building and construction stopped on an amusement park it was building in northeastern China.

Such moves highlight a desire on the part of China’s Communist Party leaders to fan the flames of anti-South Korea sentiment, stated Korea professional Sung-Yoon Lee of Tufts University in Massachusetts.

“THAAD retaliation is a Chinese government-engineered task,” Lee stated. “It can be managed and reversed by Beijing. … The Chinese public has no interest in the intricacies of rocket defense systems.”

South Korea’s foreign ministry did not right away react to questions about the song, and the video did not appear to gather much attention on the nation’s social networks platforms.

During a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping recently, South Korea’s brand-new president, Moon Jae-in, said he was aware of Chinese worries about THAAD and asked Xi to help solve difficulties facing South Korean companies running in China.

An unique envoy representing Moon is due to check out China on Thursday for talks on THAAD and the overall bilateral relationship.

United States test fires ballistic missile from California coastal base


Second Lt. William Collette/ U.S. Air Force through AP

In this image taken with a sluggish shutter speed and offered by the U.S. Air Force, an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic rocket launches throughout an operational test just after midnight, Wednesday, Might 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The United States has about 450 of the missiles and they are routinely tested. But the latest tests come in the middle of increasing stress with North Korea, which has actually evaluated its own nuclear rockets– including some developed to reach the United States.

Sunday, Might 7, 2017|4 p.m.

VANDENBERG AIR REQUIRE BASE, Calif.– An unarmed missile efficient in sending out an a-bomb across the world was introduced Wednesday from a coastal California armed force base amidst increasing stress between the United States and North Korea.

The unarmed Minuteman 3 global ballistic missile launched from a silo at 12:02 a.m. from Vandenberg Flying force Base and provided a single re-entry lorry to a target about 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) away at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the Air Force Global Strike Command stated.

The test took 10 months to strategy. It was the current focused on inspecting the readiness and precision of a weapon system that forms part of the United States nuclear force. The U.S. has about 450 of the rockets. Each can take a trip about 8,000 miles (12,900 kilometers).

It was the second such launch in seven days from the base in main California on the coast in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Recently’s launch had been postponed from the fall.

The launches came amid U.S. expressions of issue about North Korea’s nuclear capability.

New rocket tests by North Korea and its development toward developing a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States have made the separated communist dictatorship among the leading U.S. nationwide security issues.

The U.S. has sent warships to the area to deter North Korea from performing another nuclear test

However President Donald Trump on Monday stated he may be ready to meet with that nation’s dictator, Kim Jong Un.

“If it would be proper for me to meet him, I would definitely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump informed Bloomberg News.

Trump: North Korea '' disrespected ' China with missile test


Andrew Harnik/ AP President Donald Trump strolls across the South Lawn as he reaches the White Home in Washington, Friday, April 28, 2017, returning from traveling to Atlanta to speak at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum.

Friday, April 28, 2017|7:22 p.m.

WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump said Friday that North Korea had “disrespected” China by attempting to launch another ballistic missile.

Trump has stated he is depending on Chinese President Xi Jinping to motivate North Korea to give up its pursuit of ballistic rocket and nuclear weapons programs. Trump has also stated he believes Xi will do the ideal thing. China is North Korea’s benefactor.

However Trump has likewise threatened to go it alone if Xi fails to deliver.

South Korea’s military stated Friday afternoon that North Korea had fired the missile from an area near the capital of Pyongyang, however offered no information.

U.S. and South Korean officials stated the launch apparently failed, with the missile breaking apart a few minutes after launch.

Trump did not respond to press reporters’ concerns about the missile launch as he went into the White Home after he returned from a daytrip to Atlanta. Soon afterward, press secretary Sean Spicer stated the White House was aware of the launch and Trump had actually been briefed on it.

Trump apparently reserved his comment about the launch for Twitter, composing on the social networks site: “North Korea disrespected the dreams of China & & its highly respected President when it introduced, though unsuccessfully, a rocket today. Bad!”

Trump has threatened North Korea with military action if it continues establishing nuclear and ballistic rocket programs. But he has likewise stated he would choose to resolve the problem through diplomacy.

Hours prior to the launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chaired a U.N. Security Council meeting committed to the North Korea issue and required new sanctions against Pyongyang. Tillerson also urged other nations to exert pressure on North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated his country would stick to previous U.N. resolutions and desires a denuclearized Korean peninsula, however defined no more punitive actions his government may think about– regardless of Tillerson’s assertions in an interview hours ahead of the council meeting that Beijing would impose sanctions of its own if North Korea carries out another nuclear test.

North Korea missile test ends in failure


Wong Maye-E)/ AP Picture Soldiers march across Kim Il Sung Square throughout a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea to commemorate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the nation’s late founder and grandfather of existing ruler Kim Jong Un.

Saturday, April 15, 2017|5:16 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea– North Korea on Sunday failed in a missile launch from its eastern coast, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Personnel stated, but it wasn’t instantly clear what sort of missile was fired.

The launch from the city of Sinpo comes a day after among the most significant North Korean propaganda events of the year– events of the 105th birthday of late North Korea creator Kim Il Sung, the current leader’s grandpa. North Korea regularly introduces short-range rockets, however it is likewise developing mid-range and long-range rockets implied to target U.S. soldiers in Asia and, ultimately, the U.S. mainland.

North Korea introduced a long-range rocket and conducted 2 nuclear tests last year, including its most powerful to this day. Its eventual goal is a long-range nuclear missile that can strike the continental United States.

Aside from improving the technology, North Korean rocket and nuclear tests are seen by outdoors analysts partly as efforts to reinforce the domestic picture of leader Kim Jong Un and use political pressure on Seoul and Washington.

Kim Jong Un has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of rocket and rocket launches given that taking control of after the death of his dad, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.

Another rocket test from Sinpo failed previously this month, when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean. That launch came soon before U.S. President Donald Trump’s very first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. China is North Korea’s only significant ally.

The extended-range Scud missile in that earlier launch suffered an in-flight failure and fell under the sea off North Korea’s east coast, according to U.S. imagery and assessments.

Regardless of Sunday’s failure, the North’s previous claim to have used “standardized” warheads has actually led to worries that it was gaining ground in its push to develop little and advanced warheads to be topped on long-range missiles. The United States, South Korea and other countries have actually sworn to apply more pressure on the North, but up until now nothing has worked to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

North Korea has actually invested decades attempting to establish operational nuclear weapons.

It is believed to have a small toolbox of atomic bombs and an impressive range of short- and medium-range rockets. But it has yet to demonstrate that it can produce a-bombs little enough to put on a missile, or rockets that can reliably deliver their bombs to far targets.