EU expands sanctions against North Korea

Monday, 12 Jun, 2017

"North Korea clearly didn't want to fire at those ships". On Monday, North Korea rejected a Seoul civic right group's offer to provide anti-malaria supplies.

North Korea launched a series of what appeared to be "surface-to-ship" cruise missiles today, South Korea's defence ministry said, in what would be the latest in a string of tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Thursday's missile launch is the tenth this year and the fourth this month.

"The advancements in the last six months have caused great concern to me and others, in the advancement of and demonstration of technology of ballistic missiles from North Korea", Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, told the Subcommittee on Strategic Services. - Picture by US Department of Defence, Missile Defence Agency via ReutersSEOUL, June 9 - South Korea does not aim to change its agreement with the United States on the deployment of a US anti-missile system and it will continue to work closely with Washington on it, the South's top national security adviser said today. It was noted that the missile flew higher and for a longer period than previous tests, perhaps an indication that the nation had made some considerable advancements in its missiles program.

This is the 11 missile test of the Kim Jong-un regime since Trump became US President, and the 5 since Moon became President of South Korea. Last week it launched a Scud variant it said landed within seven meters of its target. But he also said that if North Korea is willing to abandon nuclear weapons, the South would take a leading role to help it gain support from the worldwide community. "Of course China and Russian Federation will continue to closely communicate on this issue, we will oppose the United States deploying THAAD in South Korea". Its mission is to develop a missile able to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

Given that the USA recently has deployed warships to the Korean peninsula, it makes flawless sense for Pyongyang to respond with testing a missile that could one day attack them-even if, at this point, such a missile attack would not be successful.

THAAD can defend parts of South Korea against incoming missiles, and can target medium-range missiles headed for the Pacific and the United States.

According to an expert, they could potentially immobilize an aircraft carrier but only "if they got really lucky".

The ask includes $1.5 billion for the $40-billion ground-based midcourse defense system that successfully intercepted and destroyed a mock intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) high above the Pacific Ocean last week. One weakness for cruise missiles is that they usually travel in straight lines as compared to a ballistic missile's arched trajectory.

The three previous tests were of ballistic missiles, with North Korea appearing determined to develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon and reaching the USA mainland.

A joint investigation by South Korean and US militaries has concluded the craft were on reconnaissance missions for the North, which has denied sending spy drones, however, dismissing the findings as a fabrication.