Pentagon To Test New Anti-Missile System Tuesday
While it appears to be a test of whether the United States military can counter a North Korean launch, the Pentagon said the exercise is testing the US’ capability to knock down any threatening missiles, including from Iran, CNN reported. The missile fell in waters about 200 nautical miles off Japan’s western coast, within the Japanese-claimed Exclusive Economic Zone.
In the 20-minute phone call, Abe said the North Korean issue took center stage during the G7 Summit in Italy and that the leaders agreed that the North’s nuclear weapons program poses a grave threat to the global community, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
And if a diplomatic solution isn’t possible, what would a war with North Korea look like? The missile tested Monday was controlled by a precision guidance system, and Kim has ordered even more powerful strategic weapons.
North Korean officials said they launched the weapon to counter what they describe as USA military threats and are seeking to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States mainland.
Earlier this month, she said Beijing was not engaging on a new resolution, but she told reporters Tuesday that she has heard from the Chinese and the discussions now are about “at what point do we do the resolution”.
North Korean missile launches have become nearly a weekly occurrence, Monday’s launch consisted of what North Korea claims is a new, more accurate missile. “But I think that our understanding is that it was not one of the longer-range missiles that they were trying to test there; it was something like a medium-range ballistic missile”.
South Korea says North Korea has conducted nine ballistic missile tests this year, but Seoul counts four launches of what’s believed to be the same kind of missile that were done on the same day as a single launch.
Some observers expect North Korea to develop an ICBM in the near future.
The report went on to say the Defense Department continues to discover new failure modes during testing.
The official Korean Central News Agency cited Kim as ordering officials to mass-produce and deploy the system all over the country so as to “completely spoil the enemy’s wild dream to command the air”.
“Since no “missile defense” will ever be ideal, how many cities is a president willing to give up if he starts a nuclear war?” he asked.
President Donald Trump and the leaders of South Korea and Japan rebuked North Korea’s test, CNN reported.
So far, North Korea has not tested a missile that could reach the United States. China is the North’s only major ally.
“North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbour, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile”, the President tweeted.