North Korea Shoots Four More Missiles Into Japanese Waters

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.


The Chinese officials aren’t all that worried:


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.


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6 responses to “North Korea Shoots Four More Missiles Into Japanese Waters

  1. Nani

    Kim Jong Un is indeed a very weak and ridiculous leader, but he is also dangerous and unpredictable. China banned imports of coal from North Korea last month, a heavy blow to their economy, but that does not seem to have deterred them even slightly.

    Naturally China does not want a possible nuclear war so close to its own territory, which is reasonable and understandable.

    There doesn’t seem to be any easy solutions to this tense situation, but one could hope that the regime might collapse one day due to internal pressure.

  2. Mewswithaview

    I reckon before the next 10 years are over China will be compelled to invade North Korea and put a more directly controlled puppet in place. I know there is internal dissent within North Korea where government power over the population is weakening especially as they get closer to the Chinese border. The missiles are either a desperation signal by the regime there to project power or more likely a warning from the China by proxy to its neighbours.

    I think Trump and his administration are making a major mistake increasing military spending by $54 billion. The US military is over extended and has been fighting in the field too long (death by a thousand cuts). That may be the price of doing business since the military seems to be the government agency that backs Trump, however, that’s money that’s being taken out of the domestic economy at a time when the pensions and sovereign debt crises are poised to implode.

    If you watch carefully the pensions funds are already imploding in the United States, an early warning sign if you like. Combined with the European elections this year and the unresolved fiscal crisis in many European states and elsewhere in the world it is likely that Ukraine, Venezuela will default officially when Greece, Portugal, Ireland are going to suspend payments once the Euro crisis hits over the next 15 months. There is an incentive to default since a high portion of the debt is now on ECB books, so the debt problem gets stuck on the Germans when countries pull out from the Euro.

    Then again I can be wrong and the current status quo will continue far longer than I think possible, but I don’t think so. I would hope with Trump as president that the USA will take a different direction once these crisis hit, so far it looks like factions within the Democrats in particular are fomenting a civil war rather than addressing why they lost power.

  3. Nani

    The US also has a big headache with Iran, because the US insists on sending their warships thousands of miles away from home to patrol Iranian shores.

    In my opinion this is a waste of money and resources. The US navy is defending Israel and Saudi Arabia from Iran.

  4. emsnews

    The US military is an arm of the Bilderberg gang. We get to pay for this in spades. Even daring to ask the EU to pay their fair share which is less than half of what we have to pay, they refuse to do this. They all want a free ride.

    Trump should talk about all this but look at how they are treating him…they want him gone and dead! But Trump doesn’t understand how this gang operates. He thinks he can win them over.

  5. Christian W

    In my opinion this is a waste of money and resources. The US navy is defending Israel and Saudi Arabia from Iran.

    Not true. Iran is not a military threat to either. It is Saudi Arabia and Israel, the main sponsors of ISIS among other things, that are attacking Iran. It’s all part of the US/Bilderberg agenda since Iran is independent and outside their sphere of contol. Israel and Saudi Arabia are firmly within the US sphere so they get to genocide to their greedy hearts content in Palestine, Yemen and wherever they can and wish.

  6. Petruchio

    “It is most dangerous not when a dictator is strong but when they are weak. Then, they lash out at everyone.” Wow. That’s a lot like what the US Ruling “Elites” do when they feel their power slipping away. This is probably especially true with one of the US Rulers, ISRAEL. Israel MUST feel pretty vulnerable right now. They have Hezbollah to worry about, a longstanding concern, but there is also Assad in Syria, another longtime worry of Israel’s. Then, Boss Man Netanyahu wants the US to destroy Iran. And the Russians do not want to see Assad toppled so there is the Russian factor for Israel to worry about. I’m thinking Israel is going to get a heavy dose of karma and sooner rather than later. Hopefully Israel doesn’t drag everybody else down with them.

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