Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed in Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

"Kim Jong Un. watched the test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system organized by the Academy of National Defence Science", KCNA said on Sunday.

The new anti-aircraft weapon will help in "detecting and striking different targets flying from any direction..."

The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S., officials said.

KCNA said that the exercise tested "a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon".

The Security Council late Monday strongly condemned North Korea's "flagrant and provocative defiance" of United Nations sanctions banning ballistic missile tests and again vowed "to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions".

The system has evolved from the multibillion-dollar effort triggered by President Ronald Reagan's 1983 push for a Star Wars solution to ballistic missile threats during the Cold War - when the Soviet Union was the only major worry. North Korea says it will continue those programs until the United States ends its hostility toward the country. U.S. media reported that Trump might order a strike against North Korea in light of the latter's military activities.

Pyongyang's media outlets have also recently stepped up their calls for even more missile launches due to what Pyongyang claims is an increasingly hostile policy by President Donald Trump.

The council statement, similar to previous condemnations, said North Korea's "illegal ballistic missile activities are significantly contributing to its development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

"North Korea, a top priority in the worldwide agenda, increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to global peace and stability", read a communique issued following the two-day G-7 summit held in Taormina, Italy, according to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency.

Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho told reporters afterward that "North Korea is acting in triumphant and emboldened manner by this most recent launch, and is now clearly demonstrating that it is determined to further bolster its nuclear build-up".

While the Pentagon has a variety of missile defense systems, the one designed with a potential North Korean ICBM strike in mind is perhaps the most technologically challenging.

The Trump administration has yet to announce its intentions on missile defence.

  • Leroy Wright