North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles into ocean

North Korea launched four more ballistic missiles on Sunday, according to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Yoshihide Suga said earlier in the day that North Korea test launched four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

"Should the US imperialists and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single shell into the waters where the sovereignty of our republic is exercised, the KPA will immediately launch its merciless military counter-actions", a Korean People's Army spokesman said in a statement carried by the regime mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun.

Leader Kim Jong-Un is pushing for a nuclear and missile programme that can deter what he calls United States and South Korean hostility towards the North. It is believed that the missile launch could be Pyongyang's another way of showing its anger towards US.

Monday's launch comes after days of warnings in the North Korean state media that Pyongyang would retaliate as the United States and South Korea begin their annual spring-time, large-scale military drills, including Foal Eagle, which kicked off last week, and Key Resolve, which will begin later this month.

"We have already held contacts with the United States and South Korea, but now we are also considering the possibility of contacts with China and Russia", Kishida told journalists.

He said the launches clearly demonstrated a new threat from North Korea. After the Trump administration took over the reins of the US government in January, Pyongyang held off making critical comments about it, apparently in the hope of improved relations with Washington.

-The 2012 jamming by North Korea of Global Positioning System navigation signals that impacted hundreds of commercial flights as they headed to and from South Korean airports.

Speaking to the Japanese Parliament Monday, Abe said the launch was a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

"In addition to deploying the USA missile defense system THAAD in South Korea to defend against North Korea's nuclear missiles, we must seek practical measures to reinforce the USA deterrent against North Korea".

In such effort, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida agreed with his South Korean and USA counterparts, Yun Byung Se and Rex Tillerson, by telephone on plans to take a resolute stance toward North Korea, Kishida told reporters.

It seems certain that North Korea wanted to test the defense capabilities of Aegis ships against ballistic missiles.

"Considering the North Korean leadership's brutality and recklessness shown through the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, the results of the North having a nuclear weapon in its hands will be gruesome beyond imagination", he said.

They came as the US and South Korea continued with lengthy joint military exercises, dubbed Foal Eagle. North Korea's threats remain so unsafe that when Obama left office he warned Trump that this would likely be the most urgent problem he'd face, the Times said. "The government [of South Korea] strongly condemns it", the country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

  • Leroy Wright