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posted by martyb on Thursday October 03 2019, @06:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the things-that-go-Zoom!-in-the-night dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

North Korea carries out ninth launch since June, just hours after announcing new talks with United States.

The National Security Council in Seoul expressed "strong concern" over the launch of what it said may have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), according to a statement issued by the presidential Blue House.

If confirmed, it would be the first time North Korea has launched an undersea missile in three years.

Japan lodged an immediate protest, saying the missile landed inside Japan's economic exclusive zone - the first time a North Korean missile has landed that close to Japan since November 2017. The EEZ covers waters as far as 370 kilometres (230 miles) from the coast.

Defence Minister Taro Kono called the launch "a serious threat to Japanese national security" adding that it was an "extremely problematic and dangerous act" for the safety of vessels and aircraft. Kono declined to say whether the projectile was a submarine-launched missile.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch violated UN resolutions that ban North Korea from conducting any launch using ballistic technology.

"We will continue to cooperate with the US and the international community and do the utmost to maintain and protect the safety of the people as we stay on alert," Abe said.

South Korea's military said the missile was launched towards the sea from around Wonsan, the site of one of North Korea's military bases on the east coast. 

[...] "We call on (North Korea) to refrain from provocations, abide by their obligations under UN Security Council Resolutions, and remain engaged in substantive and sustained negotiations to do their part to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and achieve denuclearisation," a [US] state department spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

[...] The launch is the ninth since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the heavily-guarded Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas in June, with talks over the North's nuclear and missile programmes  stalled since the second summit between the two men collapsed in February.

It came just a day after Pyongyang announced it had agreed with the US to hold working-level talks on Saturday potentially breaking months of stalemate.

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  • (Score: 2) by Rupert Pupnick on Thursday October 03 2019, @01:04PM

    by Rupert Pupnick (7277) on Thursday October 03 2019, @01:04PM (#902246) Journal

    I'm not sure I'm understanding all of your points, but I do agree that the North Korean missile program is intended for threats/retaliation, not unlike the V-weapons themselves. V stands for Vergeltungswaffe, which means "retaliation weapon".

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