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World North Korea fires two ballistic missiles: South's military

08:25  15 september  2021
08:25  15 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

Transcript: Kim Jong Un and the Northeast Asian Arms Race

  Transcript: Kim Jong Un and the Northeast Asian Arms Race Patrick Cronin: Thank you for joining Hudson Institute’s discussion today on Kim Jong-un and Arms Racing in Northeast Asia. I’m Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson, and I am delighted today to be joined by my distinguished colleague, Alex Wong, who among many other achievements recently served as the Deputy Special Representative for North Korea at the State Department. Jean Lee of the Wilson Center, a pioneer in the on-the-ground reporting inside North Korea, and Ankit Panda, the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of the outstanding book, Kim Jong-un and the Bomb: Survi

North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday, according to South Korea ' s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

North Korea on Wednesday fired two ballistic missiles into the sea, according to the South Korean military . The latest missile test comes as China' s foreign minister visited Seoul to hold talks about Pyongyang' s recent testing of new long-range cruise missiles . " South Korean and US intelligence agencies are conducting detailed analysis," they added, without immediately giving details of the missiles ' range. Japan' s coast guard said the missiles landed outside Japanese economic waters. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the missile launch "outrageous" and condemned it as a threat

a group of people posing for the camera: North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its founding with a parade earlier this month in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang © STR North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its founding with a parade earlier this month in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea on Wednesday, according to the South's military, as China's foreign minister visited Seoul and days after Pyongyang said it had successfully tested new long-range cruise missiles.

Beijing is the North's key diplomatic ally and main partner for trade and aid, although Pyongyang is under a self-imposed blockade after closing its borders early last year to protect itself against the coronavirus pandemic.

The nuclear-armed North had fired "two unidentified ballistic missiles" from its central inland area into the sea off its east coast, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

An arms race is heating up on the Korean Peninsula. Is the window for diplomacy closing?

  An arms race is heating up on the Korean Peninsula. Is the window for diplomacy closing? Analysts say the ratcheting up of military might between North and South Korea raises the possibility of misunderstandings that could spiral to dangerous consequences.He and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had agreed on "concrete measures to completely eliminate the fear of war and the risk of armed conflicts on the Korean Peninsula," Moon told the crowd at the time.

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea to its east, say the US and Japan, the first such test since Joe Biden became US president. Pyongyang is banned from testing ballistic missiles under UN Security Council resolutions. Both Japan and South Korea , which call it the Sea of Japan and East Japan said no debris had fallen within its territorial waters. The US Pacific Command, which oversees military forces in the Asia-Pacific region, said on Thursday that the test highlighted "the threat that North Korea ' s illicit weapons programme poses to its neighbours and the international community".

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles Thursday -- the second such launch in less than a week.

"South Korean and US intelligence agencies are conducting detailed analysis," they added, without immediately giving details of the missiles' range.

The launch came as Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi visited Seoul for talks with his South Korean counterpart.

Beijing is the North's key diplomatic ally and main partner for trade and aid, although Pyongyang is under a self-imposed blockade after closing its borders early last year to protect itself against the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking before the news emerged, Wang hoped that all countries would help "peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", Yonhap news agency reported.

"For example, not only the North, but also other countries are engaging in military activities," he added. 

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  China Says North Korea Should 'Exercise Restraint' to Reach Political Goals With West China did not respond to questions about North Korea's newest missile tests, instead urging all parties involved to "actively engage in dialogue and contact."North Korea has long attempted to use the threat of nuclear weapons as a response to what it claims is hostility from the U.S. and South Korea, the AP said. At the same time, it has sought to apply pressure to remove sanctions against it and receive economic aid.

Curiously, neither North Korea nor South Korea had acknowledged the firing of the two missiles immediately on Sunday as is routinely done by both countries. North Korea typically discloses launches to promote its technological advances, while South Korea provides quick updates to highlight their Well, just a few hours after he laughed about it, North Korea appears to have escalated once again it what is a clear test of Biden’ s willingness to engage with the communist regime, when Bloomberg and Reuters quoted the Japanese Coast Guard which said that a ballistic missile may have been fired

SEOUL — North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday morning, South Korea ’ s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The missile launch was the second in a week, after Pyongyang also fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan last Thursday. North Korea has also threatened to pull out of denuclearization talks with the United States if the military exercises go ahead, claiming that they would break a promise made by Trump to Kim Jong Un when the two leaders met at the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas at the end of June.

"Having said this, we all have to work together toward the resumption of dialogue."

Wednesday's launches came days after the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported that it had test-fired a new "long-range cruise missile" over the weekend, calling it a "strategic weapon of great significance".

Pictures in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Monday showed a missile exiting one of five tubes on a launch vehicle in a ball of flame, and a missile in horizontal flight.

Such a weapon would represent a marked advance in North Korea's weapons technology, analysts said, better able to avoid defence systems to deliver a warhead across the South or Japan -- both of them US allies.

The missiles fired at the weekend travelled 1,500-kilometres (about 930 miles), on two-hour flight paths -- including figure-of-eight patterns -- above North Korea and its territorial waters to hit their targets, according to KCNA.

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  North Korea Again Asked by U.S., Others to Discuss Nuclear Weapons, Missiles U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim asked for North Korea to "respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions."Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, calling on North Korea to enter diplomatic relations to discuss its weapons a day after Pyongyang announced successful tests of new long-range missiles.

North Korea has test- fired two ballistic missiles , the latest in a series of rocket launches. US officials said the medium-range missiles , launched off the east coast, flew about 800km (500 miles) before falling into the water. Afterwards, the US called for Pyongyang to refrain from raising tensions. The US demanded North Korea immediately release Otto Warmbier, 21, who was arrested for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel while on a visit in January. The US and South Korea are also holding their biggest annual military drills this month, which routinely generate tension.

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from Wonsan city off the country' s east coast, South Korea ' s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday. The two missiles flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles) and reached a height of 30 kilometers, Joint Chiefs of Staff said. On Wednesday, South Korea ' s military said they believe the submarine has three launch tubes, according to the head of the country' s parliamentary intelligence community Lee Hye-hoon. Missile -capable submarines are particularly threatening because they are difficult to detect and can fire nuclear or conventional

North Korea is under international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which it says it needs to defend itself against a US invasion.

But Pyongyang is not banned from developing cruise missiles, which it has tested previously.

The US, Japanese and South Korean envoys on the North met in Tokyo earlier this week, when Washington's representative Sung Kim re-iterated: "We hope that the DPRK will respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions.

The US was willing to "address areas of humanitarian concerns regardless of progress on denuclearisation", in keeping with international standards for access and monitoring, he added.

Nuclear talks with the United States have been stalled since the collapse of a 2019 summit in Hanoi between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and then-president Donald Trump over sanctions relief -- and what Pyongyang would be willing to give up in return.

The North's weapons programmes have made rapid progress under Kim, but it has not carried out a nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile launch since 2017.

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Between Missile Launches, China Ally North Korea Lashes Out at U.S. Over Taiwan .
"The U.S. moves clearly prove the nature of the American empire that is leaving no means untried in a bid to attain its sordid purpose," analyst Kim Myong Chol wrote in North Korean state media.Two days after announcing weekend launches of a "new type long-range cruise missiles," North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency published an article Tuesday featuring an article by an analyst criticizing the U.S. for stirring trouble with China as a result of diplomatic and military moves perceived as defying Washington and Beijing's precarious yet formative understanding on the status of the island-based Taipei government.

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