BREAKING NEWS Out Of North Korea

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North Korea fired another missile on Monday from the region of Wonsan on its east coast in an easterly direction, South Korea’s military said.

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This the 9th missile this year and comes after a series of test-launches of missiles in recent weeks.

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This is the latest act of provocation by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the face of widespread international pressure.

Yonhap News, which was the first to report the test, said the country fired off what appeared to be a ballistic missile near the North Korean coast early Monday local time. The projectile flew for 6 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan, a military official told NBC News — unlike a few previous efforts where the missile exploded almost immediately.

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“North Korea launched an unidentified projectile from a site in the vicinity of Wonsan in Gangwon Province at dawn today,” a statement by South Korea’s military confirmed. The launch was reported to newly-elected president, Moon Jae-in, who backs a sunshine policy with North Korea. Moon ordered a national security meeting to convene at 730 am local time, the statement added.

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The test comes as Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system earlier today and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country.

Suga, the Japanese cabinet secretary, said, “We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form.”

 

 The North’s KCNA news agency did not report the exact nature of the weapon or the time of the test but said it was organized by the Academy of National Defence Science, a blacklisted agency that is believed to be developing missiles and nuclear weapons, Reuters reports.
North Korea — which has openly defied three U.S. presidents while stymieing efforts to resolve the crisis multilaterally — appears to be testing the resolve of the global superpower. Officials in recent days have stated unequivocally that the “strategic patience” cultivated with North Korea was drawing to a close, but the country has conducted at least eight missile tests this year.
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At the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the recent missile tests showed North Korea isn’t complying with pressure from the international community.

He stressed the need for a peaceful resolution, stating that a military solution to the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.”.

“If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the U.N., work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation,” Mattis said.

Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a “major, major conflict” with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.

All 15 members of the U.N. Security Council this week called the launch a violation of existing sanctions and vowed to take new measures, including additional sanctions.

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President Trump is looking to both China and Russia, the two permanent members on the Security Council, to join the U.S.-backed campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to get it to denuclearize.

The White House said that Washington maintains its “ironclad commitment” to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea and added that the latest “provocation” should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has called North Korean ballistic and nuclear efforts unacceptable, but he has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk as it formulates a policy.

On Saturday, a top North Korean diplomat in charge of U.S. relations, Choe Son Hui, told reporters in Beijing that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations “if the conditions are set.” She did not elaborate.

The launch came as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather near Guam for drills that are partly a message to North Korea. The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft supercarrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry.

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As AFF has been reporting, tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have escalated for a lot of reasons.

North Korea threatened to “ruthlessly punish” U.S. citizens that they have unlawfully detained. Four Americans have been detained.

The dangerous threat comes on the heels of the announcement that they detained a fourth U.S. citizen for unspecified “acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country.”

The State Department was unable to comment specifically on the cases of the four Americans who have allegedly been arrested by the North Korean government.

“In regards to reports of recently detained U.S. citizens,” the State Department said, “we have no further comment due to privacy considerations.”

Also, Congress overwhelming voted to impose new sanctions on N.Korea for their continuous missile launches, which they aren’t happy about.

The committee of the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly denounced the sanctions as “the most heinous act against humanity that not only infringes upon the sacred sovereignty of (North Korea) but also arbitrarily violates universal principles of sovereign equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries which run through the United Nations Charter.”

And, North Korea accused U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and South Korean intelligence services of plotting to assassinate dictator Kim Jong Un with a “biochemical substance.”

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