South Korea Tests Missile Capable of Reaching North Korea

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

North Korea is attempting to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States mainland.

Moon is now enjoying his honeymoon as president of the Republic of Korea.

There may be no good options in dealing with North Korea; we have almost 30,000 American troops stationed just miles away from the Demilitarized Zone, and millions of South Koreans could be killed in an attack.

Early last month, the North test-fired what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile to date, in a bid to bring the USA mainland within reach. The daily said the Trump administration is considering a preemptive attack against the North and warned that the US faces a "major disaster".

South Korea's military plans to deploy the Hyunmoo-2, which is created to hit targets as far as 800 kilometers (497 miles), after conducting two more test firings.

The North also conducted two nuclear tests a year ago alone as it openly pursues a long-range nuclear missile that could reach the US mainland.

In February 2012, North Korea agreed to temporarily put a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests and freeze its uranium-enrichment facilities in exchange for 240,000 tons of food aid from the US.

American officials said agreeing to decrease military presence in the Korean peninsula in order to freeze their nuclear and ballistic tests did not work out during the previous instances US agreed with the proposal.

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President Moon said he has "high expectations" for the upcoming summit with U.S. President Trump and the G20 Summit in Germany the week after saying he would like to sit down with as many world leaders as possible there as North Korea's nuclear program will take center stage in both events.

The test, believed to have taken place on Thursday, is the latest in a series of engine and missile trials this year and comes amid soaring tensions over Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapons programme.

The US has also ramped up its military presence in the region, conducting drills with Japan as well as South Korea, and is installing a controversial missile defence system in Seoul, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system (Thaad). "At least I know China tried!" the president wrote.

South Korean officials, including President Moon, will meet with President Trump later this month to discuss a joint strategy to stop North Korea's weapon development.

Also present at the Opening Ceremony were Chang Ung, North Korea's sole member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Ri Yong-son, the North Korean head of the ITF.

South Korea and United States say their annual military exercises are defensive in nature.

The North Koreans won't even deign to negotiate with the South Koreans, whom they described repeatedly as "puppets" of the United States.

The spokesman of the South Korean Presidency, however, flatly dismissed the notion that the South Korean President would "ask" for USA permission to engage with North Korea.

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