Thursday, 21 September, 2017

North Korea confirms another medium range ballistic missile drill

Chinese academics prod Beijing to consider South Korea performs missile drill
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 07:22

He also ordered the South Korean military to prepare for new forms of attacks from North Korea, such as electromagnetic pulse weapons and biochemical weapons.

The Philippines on Saturday repeated its call on North Korea to stop its "provocations" and instead engage in talks to ease tensions after the rogue state conducted another missile launch in the face of tougher worldwide sanctions.

Today's North Korea ballistic missile test has prompted a quick response from South Korea.

"DPRK must put a stop to these tests and to start talks instead", added Cayetano, who is in NY for the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

The statement came after Pyongyang's testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles on July 2 and 28 and previous ballistic missile launches and two nuclear tests a year ago.

The emergency Security Council consultations were requested by the United States and Japan following North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on Friday local time, which flew over Japan's Hokkaido.

The missile is question is Hyunmoo II-A intermediate-range ballistic missile that splashed into the East Sea within a few seconds of being launched.

The Security Council also reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, and expressed its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, welcoming efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue. On Thursday North Korea threatened to "sink Japan" with its nuclear missiles and also to reduce the US mainland "to ashes".

"The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK leadership to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation", Guterres said in a statement, adding that he would discuss it "with all concerned parties in the margins of the upcoming" U.N. General Assembly. The tests, which could potentially make launches over Japan an accepted norm, are also seen as North Korea's attempt to win greater military freedom in the region and raise doubts in Seoul and Tokyo that Washington would risk the annihilation of a USA city to protect them.

"The US put forward an initiative before the UN Security Council to hold the council's meeting on September 21, during the high-level segment of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly devoted to fight against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction", the Russian mission's press secretary, Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, said.