The Japan Times, BBC Asia, and Fox News are all reporting that even as President Trump and his group were preparing to speak at the United Nations and NATO, North Korea upped the pressure on countries first by launching another missile on Sunday and then by sending an unknown object over the DMZ toward South Korea.
According to the Japan Times on May 23rd, the identity of the object remained unclear, the military said.
Yonhap news agency said it was possibly a drone. More than 90 shots were fired in return and it disappeared from radar screens though South Korean military officials did not say whether they hit or secured the object that flew across the demilitarised zone.
The incursion came with tension already high on the Korean peninsula after the North’s test-launch of a ballistic missile test on Sunday which Pyongyang said proved advances in its pursuit of building a nuclear-tipped weapon that can hit U.S. targets.
“We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website on Tuesday.
“At the same time, we hope all parties can maintain restraint, not be influenced by every single incident, … persist in carrying out Security Council resolutions on North Korea and persevere with the resolution of the issue through peaceful means, dialogue and consultation.”
Wang was responding to reporters’ questions on Monday while in Ivory Coast, according to the statement in the Japan Times.
Also in the Japan Times was the following:
The North’s official KCNA news agency, citing the spokesman for the foreign ministry, said the country had “substantially displayed” the capabilities for mounting a nuclear attack on Hawaii and Alaska and had built full capabilities for attacking the U.S. mainland.
North Korea said on Monday that Sunday’s launch met all technical requirements that could allow mass-production of the missile, which it calls the Pukguksong-2.
The test was North Korea’s second in a week and South Korea’s new liberal government was said to have stated that this incident and the test firing of the missile dashed hopes for peace on the peninsula.
According to the BBC article, this is not the first incident of intrusion since early 2014. South Korea in January 2016 had responded to an incident when they shot at a drone but that drone had reversed course.
In the Fox News article reference was made to a 2010 incident in which attacks were blamed on North Korea that killed 50 South Koreans.
And…of course Kim Jong Un and the leaders of North Korea blame ALL of this on the big bad United States suppressing the rights of its military to “protect itself.”
The world appears to be going to Hades faster than a greased pig escapes capture.
The United Nations met behind closed doors to “discuss sanctions.” Anyone really believe that NK cares one way or the other about sanctions? Their people are starved into submission and only use products from inside the country now.
Who is supplying North Korea all the materials, supplies, and funds to “wage” this war? After all, the UN has had sanctions on NK for quite a while. No one supplies such quantities of materials without receiving something in return.
Obviously even the new more liberal government of South Korea is taking seriously the infantile threats of North Korea, as well they should.
Wonder what, if anything, China and Russia plan to do since it now appears that North Korea plans to put their new toy into full production (“as if it hasn’t already been producing missiles” /S)?
The question also needs to be asked – if NK does start producing these so-called successful missiles, then will Iran become a source of new arms revenue for NK?