North Korea says intercontinental ballistic missile test successful

UNTV News   •   July 4, 2017   •   4806

A man watches a TV broadcast of a news report on North Korea’s ballistic missile test, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

North Korea said on Tuesday it successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which flew a trajectory that an expert said could allow a weapon to hit the U.S. state of Alaska.

The launch comes days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations are due to discuss steps to rein in Pyongyang’s weapons programs, which the North has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

The launch, which North Korea’s state media said was ordered and supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, sent the rocket 933 km reaching an altitude of 2,802 km.(580 miles) over a flight time of 39 minutes.

Officials from South Korea, Japan and the United States said the missile landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) after being launched near an airfield in Panghyon, about 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the North’s capital, Pyongyang.

“The test launch was conducted at the sharpest angle possible and did not have any negative effect on neighboring countries,” North Korea’s state media said in a statement.

The North also said its missiles were now capable of striking anywhere in the world.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who convened a national security council meeting, said the missile was believed to be an intermediate range type, but the military was also looking at the possibility it was an ICBM.

MARKETS FALL

Stock markets in both South Korea and Japan fell after the missile launch, with the Kospi ending down 0.6 percent and Japan’s Nikkei share average ending down 0.1 percent.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he will ask the presidents of China and Russia to play more constructive roles in efforts to stop the Pyongyang’s arms program.

“Leaders of the world will gather at the G20 meeting. I would like to strongly call for solidarity of the international community on the North Korean issue,” Abe told reporters.

Japan said on Monday the United States, South Korea and Japan will have a trilateral summit on North Korea at the G20. China’s leader Xi Jinping will also be at the July 7-8 meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

U.S. President Donald Trump, responding to the latest launch, wrote on Twitter: “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” an apparent reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Hard to believe South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”, Trump said in a series of tweets.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called for calm and restraint after the launch.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said United Nations Security Council resolutions had clear rules on North Korean missile launches and China is opposed to Pyongyang violating those rules. He was speaking at a daily news briefing.

North Korea has conducted nuclear and missile tests to show defiance in the face of international pressure and to raise the stakes when Pyongyang sees regional powers getting ready for talks or sanctions, analysts say.

White House officials said Trump was briefed on the latest launch, which took place hours before Independence Day celebrations in the United States. North Korea has previously fired missiles around this holiday.

VERY HIGH TRAJECTORY

Pyongyang has conducted missile-related activities at an unprecedented pace since the start of last year, but analysts had thought it was years away from having a nuclear-tipped ICBM.

capable of hitting the United States.

North Korea is also trying to develop intermediate-range missiles capable of hitting U.S. bases in the Pacific. The last North Korean launches before Tuesday were of land-to-sea cruise missiles on June 8.

David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said the assessments of the flight time and distance suggest the missile might have been launched on a “very highly lofted” trajectory of more than 2,800 km.

The same missile could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km on a standard trajectory, Wright said in a blog post.

“That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska,” he said. (Graphic on North Korea’s missile capabilities tmsnrt.rs/2t0oSv7)

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Monday in a meeting with former U.S. president Barack Obama that North Korea now faces its “last opportunity” to engage in talks with the outside world.

North Korea has conducted four missile tests since Moon took office in May, vowing to use dialogue as well as pressure to bring Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs under control.

Earlier this week, North Korea was a key topic in phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of China and Japan. Leaders of both Asian countries reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearised Korean Peninsula.

Trump has recently suggested he was running out of patience with China’s modest steps to pressure North Korea. — By Christine Kim | SEOUL

(For an interactive package on North Korea’s missile capabilities, click tmsnrt.rs/2t6WEPL)

(For a graphic on map locating the missile test on July 4, click tmsnrt.rs/2sGWo8C)

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Christine Kim; Additional reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Elaine Lies in TOKYO, Ayesha Rascoe in WASHINGTON; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Bill Tarrant)

Poe denounces China’s demand to remove BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal

Maris Federez   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe has denounced China’s demand for the Philippine government to remove the BRP Sierra Madre from the Ayungin Shoal.

In a statement released Thursday (November 25), Poe underscored that the 2016 arbitral ruling of the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration “declared that Ayungin Shoal belongs to the Philippines and is well within our exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.”

“China has no right to dictate what we can do within our waters,” Poe reiterated.

“Its recent statement telling us to remove BRP Sierra Madre from the shoal is another display of utter arrogance and aggression that we must not take sitting down,” she added.

Poe urged the government to step up its efforts in addressing the issue in addition to the diplomatic protests that the Department of Foreign Affairs has filed against China.

“Aside from diplomatic protests, the government should step up efforts in rallying our neighbors to form a united front against China in the South China Sea,” Poe said.

“Time and again, several nations have stood by us and shared our goal of ensuring peace, stability, and harmony,” the lawmaker added.

Poe stressed that every country must always act in deference to the sovereignty of others.

“Mutual respect must always be the cornerstone of our relationship with any nation,” Poe said.

On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian demanded that the Philippines must remove the grounded BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal, saying it should “honor its commitment.”

“China demands that the Philippine side honor its commitment and remove its grounded vessel on Ren’ai Jiao (Ayungin Shoal),” the Chinese official said in a briefing. “This position remains unchanged.”   —/mbmf

North Korea fires projectile; tells UN it has ‘right to test weapons’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2021

North Korea on Tuesday  fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato during a press conference on Tuesday confirmed that a suspected ballistic missile was launched from inland North Korea.

He said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has already released instructions in response to the launch.

“This imposes a huge threat to the safety and stability of our country and the region and it is a serious issue faced by the international community. We will continue to gather and analyze information and be fully prepared with vigilance,” Kato said.

No harm to Japanese aircraft or ships has been reported in the latest incident, he added.

The Japanese official also said that they have begun intelligence analysis and gathering to ensure the safety of their aircraft, vessels and other assets. Kato assured that Japan will take all possible precautionary measures including readiness for contingencies.

Meanwhile, North Korea reiterated at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that it has the right to test weapons.

“Nobody can deny the righteous right to self-defense for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to develop, test, manufacture and possess the weapon systems equivalent to the ones which are possessed or being developed by them [South Korea and the United States],” said Kim Song, permanent representative of the DPRK to the United Nations.

Song also urged the US to withdraw its “hostile policy” toward his country so as to “contribute to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the world.” AAC

Mga barko ng China sa Sabina Shoal matagumpay na naitaboy ng PCG

Marje Pelayo   •   May 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Iniulat ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) na matagumpay nilang naitaboy ang ilang barko ng China na pumasok sa Sabina Shoal sa karagatang sakop ng Pilipinas.

Ang Sabina Shoal ay matatagpuan humigit-kumulang 73 milya mula sa Mapankal Point, Rizal, Palawan.

Ayon kay PCG Spokesperson Commodore Armando Balilo, nagpadala ng radio communication ang Pilipinas ng mamataan ng BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409), MCS-3002, at MCS-3004 ang pitong ‘unidentified foreign vessel’ na naka-angkla sa lugar.

Kalauna ay natukoy na ito ay mga China Maritime Militia Vessel (CMMV).

“This is Philippine Coast Guard BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409). You are within Philippine exclusive economic zone. You are requested to provide the following: name of vessel, intention, last and next port of call on Channel 16,” panawagan ng PCG sa mga barko ng China.

Ito ay naganap sa sa kasagsagan ng joint maritime exercise ng PCG at Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) sa Sabina Shoal noong ika-27 ng Abril.

Ayon sa ulat ng PCG, nakipag-komunikasyon ang PCG sa mga ito para ipahayag na ang Sabina Shoal ay bahagi ng Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) ng Pilipinas.

Nang hindi makatanggap ng sagot pagkalipas ng tatlong radio communication, nilapitan ng mga barko ng Pilipinas ang mga barko ng China na agad namang nag-angat ng angkla at nagpa-andar ng makina.

Sinundan ng PCG at BFAR ang paglalayag ng mga barko para masigurong tuluyang aalis ang mga CMMV sa Sabina Shoal.

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