Sunday, 30 April, 2017

Seoul, Tokyo slip and yen rallies after N. Korea missile test

South Koreans watching a television news broadcast at a station in Seoul South Korea South Koreans watching a television news broadcast at a station in Seoul South
Garry Little | 07 March, 2017, 00:12

North Korea is reported to have fired four ballistic missiles into the sea, days after it vowed to take "strong retaliatory measures" to US-South Korea military drills it sees as preparation for war.

Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn told the South Korean National Security Council Monday he strongly condemned North Korea's actions.

Wisma Putra added that the missile launches by North Korea on March 6 are a flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and seriously undermine the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.

But the successful launch of a ballistic missile test on February 11, the first since Trump took office, and claims by North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un that his country was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, has put the US on edge.

They came as the USA and South Korea continued with lengthy joint military exercises, dubbed Foal Eagle.

13 unanimously condemned the missile test by North Korea.

Pyongyang carried out two atomic tests a year ago and a series of missile launches, but Monday was only the second time its devices entered Japan's EEZ.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's Day address that the North entered the final stage of preparations to test-fire an ICBM, an apparent threat that he is close to perfecting capabilities to strike the continental United States with a nuclear missile.

The object was sacked from the Tongchang-ri, in the country's North Pyongan province, early Monday local time, the official said.

In Washington, the State Department strongly condemned the launches, saying the U.S. was ready to "use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against this growing threat".

Visiting a North Korean army headquarters unit, leader Kim Jong-Un ordered the troops to "set up thorough countermeasures of a merciless strike against the enemy's sudden air assault", the state-run Korean Central News Agency said on the day the Foal Eagle exercises started last week.

Monday's launch came ahead of a trip to Japan, China and South Korea by new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this month, pointed out Dongguk University professor Kim Yong-Hyun. He said the missiles flew about 600 miles from their launch point in northwestern North Korea.

But the South said such a possibility is low. In that case, detecting signs of missile attacks becomes more hard because the North will have a shorter time to prepare a launch.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Monday's missiles, which landed only 300-350 km (185-220 miles) from Japan's Oga Peninsula in the Akita prefecture, demonstrated an increased danger to the country.

Daniel Pinkston, an worldwide relations expert at South Korea's Troy University, told VICE News besides the joint military exercises, the latest launches could also be meant to send a defiant signal to other audiences, at a time when Pyongyang was aggrieved over a range of issues. South Korea's military detected the launch at 7:36 a.m.

North Korea may have been sending a message in response to a joint U.S. North Korea is opposed to the exercises which it claims are a rehearsal for an invasion.

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