Tensions rise as a North Korean drone found on South Korea mountainside
(Yonhap via AP). South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks as he presides over a meeting of the National Security Council at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 8, 2017.
Chung Eui-yong called the decision to delay installation of remaining launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, pending a review of its environmental impact, a domestic measure to ensure a democratic process.
THAAD can defend parts of South Korea against incoming missiles, and can target medium-range missiles headed for the Pacific and the United States.
Today, the Korean Central News Agency (North Korea’s state news organization) announced the successful test of a new coastal defense cruise missile system, inflicting pain and woe on a target barge created to represent a USA “battleship”.
THE Philippines on Thursday expressed “grave concern” following North Korea’s missile launches near the eastern port city of Wonsan on May 21 and May 29.
After a provocative North Korean missile launch in 2003, China completely cut off its supply of oil to North Korea for three days, and in no time the Kim regime caved to worldwide demands and sat down for Six Party Talks on nuclear disarmament.
The new government is undertaking a delicate balancing act, saying the two THAAD launchers already in place are safe, but suspending further deployment until completion of the probe – ordered after an allegedly botched roll out of the missile shield by the previous government.
Under third-generation leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been conducting such tests at an unprecedented pace in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the mainland United States.
The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year, sending a defiant message that it will continue to pursue a weapons program that has rattled its neighbors and Washington.
North Korea’s missile launch came 10 days after it fired a Scud-class ballistic missile from Wonsan in Gangwon Province on May 29, and it was the fifth such launch since Moon took office. “Especially because he explicitly said South Koreans should pay for THAAD deployment which annoyed a lot of people here”, Lankov said, referring to the president’s threat to make Seoul foot the billion-dollar bill. “That commitment remains ironclad”, she added. North Korea fired several projectiles believed to. “We are aware, certainly, of the situation and the suspension of additional launchers”, Nauert said. Those actions at least show that North Korea is aggressively developing its missile capabilities in all sorts of ways. They landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, where USA aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week.
Moon said after the new launches that his government “won’t back off even a single step and make any compromise” on the issue of national security.