North Korea Launches Missile Over Japan

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North Korean President Kim Jong Un launched a ballistic missile over Japan, on Sept. 16, 2017. Kim stated in an interview with KCNA news that the purpose of this launch was to create a balance of armed forces with the United States.

The BBC defined this missile launch as one that reached the farthest distance. This latest action separated world powers who joined allegiances that supported new United Nations sanctions against the Asian country a few days earlier.

The North Korean leader stated he will demonstrate to the larger nations that he will still complete his nuclear arsenal despite blockades and sanctions. His initiative, with this missile launch, was “to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK [North Korea].” He watched the launch of the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile over Japan.

The BBC reported that this piece of Kim’s arsenal has the ability to travel to the U.S. territory of Guam. This is the farthest any North Korean missile has ever traveled above ground.

The U.N. Security Council assembled an emergency meeting about the ballistic missile that was launched from the Sea of Japan. The council condemned the North Korean launch, stating it was extremely confrontational. The U.N. additionally noted that Pyongyang launched a nuclear bomb test, on Sep. 3.

U.S. President Donald Trump said that Kim had shown total contempt for his neighbors and the entire international community. However, Trump is confident the U.S. is ready if a military option is required.

The Asian Review reported that the U.N. Security Council denounced the most recent missile test. The launch of the ballistic missile was initiated less than a week after the U.N. adopted its strongest sanctions against Kim, in the entire history of the Eastern Asian nation.

The council consisted of 15 members. Their statement stressed that the actions taken by North Korea are not only a threat to the greater region, but to all member states.

The council’s statement asked other nations to completely follow its resolution. They asked for a democratic, nonviolent, and political solution. The council criticized the North Korean launch of the ballistic missile over Japan. This is the second launch of a long-range missile from the Sea of Japan. This weapon was fired after six months of nuclear testing.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Sources:

BBC: North Korea will reach its nuclear force goal – Kim Jong-un
NIKKEI Asian Review: UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch
Diplomats push implementation of current sanctions; no further resolution in the works
Fox News: North Korea — either China helps, or all bets are off

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