North Korea says it has successfully tested a new precision guided missile with leader Kim Jong Un ordering the development of more similar strategic weapons. The test is the third in less than three weeks, carried out even as the U.S threatens of military actions, sanctions and diplomacy having failed to bear any fruits.
North Korea Guided Missile Test
Pyongyang says the missile tested on Monday was equipped with an advanced pre-launch sequence that allowed it to zero in within a few meters of a target.
“The ballistic rocket flew toward the east sky where the day broke and correctly hit a planned target point with deviation of seven meters after flying over the middle shooting range, “the state-run news agency said.
The South Korea military says the Scud-type missile traveled 450 km with Japan also confirming that the test did indeed take place given that the missile landed 200 nautical miles into its economic zone. Kim said after the launch they will continue to develop more long-range missiles in multiple phases all in the effort of defending North Korea against the United States.
The standoff is threatening to get out of hand, the U.S, having already sent nuclear capable ships close to North Korea. The arrival of U.S carrier strike group led by USS Carl Vinson has all but gone to fuel tension in the Korean peninsula.
Pentagon says it will for the first time test its ability to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles using an upgraded long-range interceptor missile. The test is set to take place in the skies over the Pacific Ocean.
Calls for Diplomacy
North Korean test firing spree has forced the UN Security Council to push all countries to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang. China has already aired its reservations against the same, reiterating that sanctions won’t solve anything as the situation calls for talks.
“We hope that related parties can remain calm and restrained, ease the tension on the peninsula, and bring the peninsula issue onto the right track of peaceful dialogue again, “Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Japan, on the other hand, is pressuring China to play a bigger role in restraining North Korea nuclear programs as it appears to be the only one that can help end the wave of provocative actions in the Peninsula.