South Korea's military said the Taurus missile fired from an F-15 fighter jet travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off the country's western coast during drills on Tuesday.
North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3, prompting the U.N. Security Council to step up sanctions with a ban on the reclusive regime's textile exports and a cap on fuel supplies. Clearly, tensions between the USA, its allies, and North Korea are not settling down anytime soon.
"These disturbances are more numerous and widespread than what we have seen from any of the five tests North Korea previously conducted", the watchdog noted in a blog post earlier this month.
The latest round of United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea this week for conducting its sixth nuclear test, and the restrictions put in place in August for repeated ballistic missile launches, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) tests, could potentially have significant impact. "Those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", the president remarked alongside Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
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Following the Kim Jong-un regime's latest round of nuclear brinkmanship, calls are growing for a return to South Korea of American tactical nuclear weapons. On July 28, North Korea tested one that could theoretically hit major U.S. cities like Chicago, New York, or even Washington, DC.
"The adoption of sanctions resolution against my country is an extreme manifestation of USA intention to eliminate at any cost the ideology, social system of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and its people", the ambassador said while addressing other state representatives in Geneva. And US intelligence officials believe that North Korea will soon be able to reliably fit a nuclear warhead atop a missile.
"Diplomacy, we will not give up on".
North Korea's latest threats also singled out Japan for "dancing to the tune" of the USA, saying that it should never be pardoned for not offering a honest apology for its "never-to-be-condoned crimes against our people", an apparent reference to Japan's wartime aggression. But South Korea must also deal with other threats from its Northern neighbor. "South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"
Seoul apparently notified Tokyo, Washington and others of its deliberations.