S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 global military forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, on 16 June 2015.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speculated on Thursday that North Korea could be preparing another missile test similar to the one that flew over Japan last month, according to NBC. While North Korea appeared to possess both nuclear warheads and ICBMs, the program appears to be struggling to miniaturize a warhead so that it fits onto an ICBM and has the reach necessary to strike the US mainland.

It's part of measures to protect the life and security of the people from the North's ever-improving nuclear and missile programs, added the ministry. This is a road to nowhere.

South Korea believes the communist state has moved an ICBM to a coastal position in preparation for another test in the coming days.

"If we fail to stop North Korea's provocations now, it could sink into an uncontrollable situation", Moon said in opening remarks before a meeting with Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. But he called for dialogue and warned against other actions that could escalate the crisis.

Russia's United Nations ambassador echoed Putin's remarks later in the day.

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North Korea says it needs its weapons to protect itself from USA aggression.

During a phone conversation with his USA counterpart Donald Trump late Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China has been adamant in preserving global nuclear non-proliferation regime, maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and resolving the nuclear issue through talks. If Trump carried out this threat, it could lead to "a global recession and devastation for the global economy", according to Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, the United States geoeconomics fellow at Chatham House.

The Russian leader said "ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless", and called for a diplomatic solution to the standoff between the US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Monday that the United States wants a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions adopted by September 11.

He stressed that a military option should be "ruled out of any discussions". Putin also expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, Yoon said. "Only when the two are put together can it unlock the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula", Wang said.

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