Published: Thu, October 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

World War 3? North Korea Missile Launch Hits Japan

World War 3? North Korea Missile Launch Hits Japan

Analysts said it was likely a reminder by Pyongyang of the weapons capability it had been aggressively developing as it gears up for the new round of talks. Though the United States has given no signs it will back out of the negotiations, Pyongyang seems to be sending the message it will continue its provocations even while engaging in negotiations.

The missile was sacked from a position off the country's East Coast near Wonsan at 7:11am on Wednesday and flew approximately 450 kilometers at an altitude of about 910km, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, as reported by Yonhap news agency. The Pukguksong missiles are submarine-launched mid-range ballistic missiles, which have also been test-launched on land.

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo told a parliamentary committee that the Pukkuksong class is capable of flying distances up to around 910 miles, but this time the missile was launched in a 565-mile high arc, shortening its horizontal trajectory.

In September, Pyongyang said it had tested a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" system, shortly after signaling it was ready to resume talks.

Ministers gathered for a National Security Council meeting held at the prime minister's office, to discuss the launch.

The JCS said the South Korean military was monitoring relevant situation in case of additional firings and maintaining readiness posture.

"It undermines the efforts by the global community to build trust, enhance security and nurture a sustained peace process on the Korean peninsula", the European Union said in a statement.

The nuclear talks have been stalled since the breakdown of the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February.

Cho may have replaced Kwon Jong Gun, who was interviewed by North Korean state media in June and August.

If this latest test is confirmed as a launch from a submarine, it will require a complete reassessment of the North Korean threat, as undersea launches are far more hard to detect than those on land.

Report: North Korea has fired what appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) into the East Sea.

"North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles this morning", he said.

Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies and a former military official who participated in inter-Korean military talks, said the North's launch was clearly aimed at increasing pressure on Washington ahead of planned weekend talks where it might demand concessions on USA -led sanctions against its crippled economy. "Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News".

Trump made history on June 30 with his latest encounter with Kim.

Concerns over whether the Hermit Kingdom fired a ballistic missile from a submarine rose after officials announced the test on Tuesday.

The launch came a day after the North's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said that Pyongyang had agreed to hold working-level talks with Washington later this week.

The test also comes just a few days ahead of expected working-level talks between North Korea and the USA, set to kick-off with a preliminary meeting on Friday.

"It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-U.S. relations", she added without disclosing the talks' venue.

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