United Nations vows to tighten sanctions on North Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:39
South Korean forces fired warning shots at the unidentified objects Tuesday after they were spotted flying from North Korea across the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two countries.
North Korea said it's ready to deploy and start mass-producing a new medium-range missile capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there following a test launch Sunday, May 21, 2017, it claimed confirmed the missile's combat readiness and is an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.
USA citizens are now on high alert after tensions between President Donald Trump's administration and North Korea continue to escalate, more so as the socialist country is reportedly ramping up its nuclear and missile programs in order to target US mainland.
Kim Jong-un's latest missile launch showed that the North Korea's military is finally able to operate weapons from anywhere in the country, not just from an exact predefined position.
"The Trump administration would be well advised to lend an ear to the voices of concern that are heard from the United States and the global community, " North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary Sunday.
North Korea continues testing ballistic missiles despite several warnings and strong sanctions imposed by the United Nations.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said "with pride" that the Pukguksong-2 was a "very accurate" missile and a "successful strategic weapon", KCNA reported, adding he "approved the deployment of this weapon system for action". The meeting was called at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea. Some of them believe that it could develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland by 2030 or later.
North Korea conducted two nuclear tests previous year alone, possibly improving its knowledge on making nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.
Tensions have been running high in the region over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, which Pyongyang sees as a deterrent against a potential invasion by its adversaries.
Attacks blamed on Kim's regime in 2010 killed 50 South Koreans.
"The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America", Commander Dave Benham, director of media operations for U.S. Pacific Command, said in a statement.
"Based on various monitoring equipment we assess that they were North Korean instruments created to spray anti-South leaflets", ministry spokesperson Moon Sang-kyun said at a news briefing.