A sonorous slap at his rivals. With test of its most powerful intercontinental missile so far, a giant that has reached a apogee of 4,475 kilometres, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has again defied international community. And it has made it clear that two-month stop in its launches was not intended to open door to dialogue, but to finalise technical details of a projectile capable of reaching any point in United States. A challenge that President Donald Trump responded to: "We're going to take care of this situation." "New sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today."
The American president has been oddly circumspect in this new nuclear pulse. On Tuesday, upon knowing launch of missile, he barely spoke and centered his efforts to call South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reaffirm his commitment to combat North Korea. Today he took a new step and after consulting with Chinese president Xi Jinping, announced that "latest provocation actions" would be suitably punished. "The President emphasized need for China to use all its levers to persuade North Korea to end its provocation and return to path of denuclearization," White House said in a statement.
Pending UN Security Council to be held this afternoon, State Department gave a clue as to what this additional sanction could be: prohibition of maritime goods traffic with North Korea. Moving away from war drums that president likes so much, department directed by Rex Tillerson insisted that "diplomatic option remains viable and open." "The United States remains committed to finding a peaceful path to denuclearization and ending North Korea's belligerent actions," he said.Learn More
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The launch implies a message to United States, whose president, had winked at possibility of dialogue during his tour of Asia earlier this month, immediately before recovering his usual rhetoric of threats and taunts by calling "low and fat" to Kim Jong-Un. "It is a clear message of challenge," said Daniel Russell, former U.S. secretary of state for Asia in administration of Barack Obama in Beijing.
But it also represents a sound slap for China, traditional North Korean ally that has begun to tighten more nuts over past few months to "bright comrade" regime. Ten days ago, Beijing awoke hopes that something could be moving by sending, for first time in two years, a high-ranking emissary, Song Tao, Special envoy of President Xi Jinping, with official argument to explain results of recent Congress of Communist Party of China. The mission was unsuccessful. Song returned to Peking without ever being greeted by Kim Jong-Un.
The North Korean supreme leader signed from his fist and letter launching order, as reported by official agency of that country, KCNA, which published images of handwritten message: "For party and farland!" wrote Kim.
Perhaps, by choosing moment for his demonstration of strength, he weighed recent defection of a North Korean soldier, identified as Oh, who dramatically crossed across border in demilitarized zone between both sides of peninsula under fire of his Until n comrades. Without a doubt, revelations that 24-year-old had fed on raw corn grains and had lodged in gut worms that are no longer seen in south for decades have been humiliating for a regime that is proud to privilege its troops by enc Ima of any or social class.
The two-month period between previous release and test on Wednesday had raised conjectures that North Korea might be restraining its behavior to open door to a dialogue. A hyposis that has been ruled out. But Russell detracted importance to moment chosen for new shot, number twenty in what goes year. According to former high official, dates for this type of evidence "are motivated mainly by technical factors, that missile is ready or not."
But that is not to say that situation has been fundamentally altered. In a note, Scott Seaman, of "Eurasia Group" consultancy, anticipates that over coming months "Beijing, Seoul and Moscow will continue to defend that Washington and Pyongyang are more striving to reduce tensions through direct talks." In his view, an agreement involving Korean paralysis of his nuclear and missile tests, in exchange for United States reducing its military maneuvers in region, "will remain a prominent option to reduce tensions and give rise to beginning of Negotiations ".
But in meantime, no one expects North Korea to suspend its military evidence. Although, following success of this Wednesday's launch, regime has self-proclaimed itself "a nuclear state," which has achieved its goal of becoming "a missile power," experts emphasize that it has not yet demonstrated dominance of some technical aspects Essential.
To be reliable, a missile must be able to reach desired point without disintegrating when returning to Earth due to strong heat and pressure of atmosphere rubbing. According to Pyongyang, missile of type Hwasong-15 reached a height of 4,475 kilometers-much more than International Space Station, 240 kilometers-and fell in waters controlled by Japan to 950 kilometers of place from where it was fired, "on outskirts of Pyongyang "according to official north-Korean media. His flight lasted about 50 minutes. The Intercontinental missile "has a particularly large warhead capable of attacking any point in United States," said KCNA.
The experts point out that this rocket has a range of 13,000 kilometres: enough, indeed, to reach any city in American continental territory. The old ambition of North Korean regime, which estimates that possibility of receiving an attack in its own territory will deter Washington from any overtly hostile act against Pyongyang.
"If I had flown on a standard trajectory, instead of this parabolic trajectory, this missile would have had a range of more than 13,000 kilometers." It is significantly more than previous long-range Korean tests, which flew on parabolic trajectories for 37 minutes (July 4) and 47 minutes (July 28). A missile like this would have more than enough scope to reach Washington and, indeed, any part of American continental Mass, "has Indicadoel specialist David Wright, of Union of Concerned Scientists, in blogAll Nuclear things.
North Korea had already ensured this summer that its goal was to achieve "balance" of strength with United States. His self-proclaimed Wednesday as a nuclear state seems to point out that he believes he has succeeded, and that he now feels that he can speak equally to Washington.