A friendly reminder that we are never more than a few minutes from nuclear war: North Korea fired four ballistic missiles early on Monday, three of which landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, the latest in a series of provocative tests by the reclusive state.
North Korea had threatened to take “strong retaliatory measures” after South Korea and the United States began annual joint military drills on Wednesday that test their defensive readiness against possible aggression from the North.
So, why did they do this? The Japanese seem to have an idea:
North Korea criticizes the annual drills calling them preparation for war against it.
Last year, North Korea fired a long-range rocket from Tongchang-ri that put an object into orbit. The launch was condemned by the United Nations for violating resolutions that ban the use of missile technology.
North Korea test fired a new type of missile, known as the Pukguksong-2, into the sea early last month, and has said it will continue to launch new strategic weapons.
SEOUL – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has fired multiple ballistic missiles into east waters as combined forces of South Korea and the United States launched their joint military exercises, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea said Monday.
The JCS was quoted by local media as saying that several ballistic missiles of an unidentified type were fired from Tongchanri-ri in the DPRK’s northwest region at about 7:36 am local time (2236 GMT on Sunday).
The missiles flew about 1,000 km into the east waters. The Tongchang-ri is home to the DPRK’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station where a long-range rocket was launched in February last year following the nuclear detonation the previous month.
The story is pretty flat, no comments from the Chinese rulers. Obviously, they aren’t as worried as the South Koreans and Japanese. UN Security Council Resolutions on North Korea:
The United Nations Security Council has adopted five major resolutions since 2006 that impose and strengthen sanctions on North Korea for continuing to develop its nuclear weapons program and call on Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program “in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner” and refrain from ballistic missile tests.
The first two resolutions were passed shortly after North Korean nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
The third came a month after North Korea successfully launched a satellite in December 2012. North Korea is prohibited from such launches under previous UN Security Council Resolutions because the technology in a satellite launch vehicle has potential dual use applications to ballistic missile development.
The fourth was passed after North Korea’s most recent nuclear test in February 2013. The most recent was adopted in March 2016 after a nuclear test and satellite launch early in the year. The resolutions since 2009 furnished UN member states with interdiction authority, calling upon states to inspect North Korean cargo within their territory, and subsequently seize and dispose of goods prohibited by UNSC Resolutions.
All five resolutions were passed unanimously by the Security Council under Chapter VII, Article 41 of the United Nations Charter. While legally binding, states are prohibited from using force to carry out the obligations of the resolutions.
The resolutions call upon North Korea to rejoin the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which it acceded to in 1985 but withdrew from in 2003 after U.S. allegations that the country was pursuing an illegal uranium enrichment program.
The Security Council also has called for North Korea to return to negotiations in the Six-Party Talks, which include South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States. The talks began in 2003 and aim to peacefully dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
Little progress was made until September 2005, when the six parties achieved a breakthrough and issued a joint statement on agreed steps for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Pursuant to the joint statement, in February 2007 negotiators reached an agreement with North Korea to shut down its nuclear program in exchange for humanitarian aid. Progress on this front broke down, however, in 2009 when North Korea completely withdrew from the talks in response to international condemnation of its attempt to launch a satellite in April 2009.
To this date, UN Security Council resolutions have been largely unsuccessful in preventing North Korea from advancing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, although the sanctions have slowed development in these areas.
No one can do anything because China won’t let the US attack North Korea. It is too late to attack North Korea but then, the insane ruler is rapidly wrecking everything there so I don’t expect it to last very much longer. The queer assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half brother who was poisoned while in an airport in Malaysia illustrates the dark side of that strange dictatorship.
It is most dangerous not when a dictator is strong but when they are weak. Then, they lash out at everyone.